Thousands of homes suffer power cuts after stormy weather
Two thousand homes around the country are without power this morning because of stormy weather and strong winds overnight.
ESB Network crews are working to restore electricity to homes, mainly in the Cork and Kerry area.
A number of homes were without power in Oughterard in Co Galway, but it has now been restored.
Meanwhile, drivers are being warned to take care on the roads.
The AA says wind-blown debris is likely to be a problem, particularly on minor and secondary routes.
The Eastlink is closed southbound due to a loose canopy. Take an alternative route until further notice. http://t.co/0GDGM7ui— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 31, 2013
Waterford: Wet and windy conditions around Waterford City with Gardai reporting debris on several back roads. http://t.co/gWm3zaDM— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 31, 2013
Gardaí are reporting extremely strong cross winds on a number of motorways and exposed areas.
Mayo: Gardai reporting very strong cross winds on the N5 Longford/Westport Rd between Castlebar and Swinford. http://t.co/gWm3zaDM— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 31, 2013
Laois: Gardai reporting extremely strong cross winds on the M7 Limerick/Dublin Rd particularly at the Toll Plaza. http://t.co/gWm3zaDM— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 31, 2013