Country under orange alert as storm cuts power to thousands

Boats have been used to ferry several elderly people from the a housing estate in Limerick city. Pic: PA

An Orange weather warning remains in place for the entire country this evening.

There are flooding fears in Galway because of high tide.

Senior Executive Officer with Galway City Council, Gary McMahon says many of the properties damaged today were just recovering storm Christine.

Mr McMahon said they made provisions for the high tide.

He said: "The tide itself might not be quite so high, but we will be closing off some roadways in the docks and the Spanish Arch area of the city out along the promenade at Salthill around high tide this evening.

"Tomorrow morning looks slightly more threatening in terms of the high tide in the morning, which is around 7am tomorrow morning."

Stormy conditions across the country have caused floods and power outages for thousands of homes today.

Limerick is among the areas worst hit where boats have been used to ferry several elderly people from the city's Lee housing estate.

ESB crews have got more than 6,500 customers back on the grid, since winds reached up to 130 kilometers per hour overnight.

However, thousands more are still waiting for supplies to return.

Flooding is also causing problems particularly in counties Clare and Galway.

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