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Mayo battered by Katia’s tail

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The last remnants of Hurricane Katia battered Mayo and the west coast on Sunday and Monday as winds of more than 110 kilometres per hour caused power outages in Mayo villages, while warnings of flooding and dangerous driving conditions persisted last night (Monday).

Mayo battered by Katia’s tail



Trevor Quinn

THE last remnants of Hurricane Katia battered Mayo and the west coast on Sunday and Monday and last night, as winds of more than 110kph caused power outages. Warnings of flooding and dangerous driving conditions were also given by Met Éireann.
Yesterday, Mét Éireann warned that exceptionally high seas could result in coastal flooding in many parts of the west and north west and they said that coastal counties such as Mayo and Donegal were likely to be the hardest hit.
The weather station in Belmullet recorded prevailing gusts of 110kph yesterday morning, while weather stations in Galway and Donegal also recorded significant gusts as wild conditions continued after a turbulent weekend.
An ESB spokesperson said that repair crews were dealing with power outages in Balla yesterday evening which occurred at 4pm. Yesterday morning a power outage in Ballina affected more than 100 residents but this had thankfully been rectified by lunchtime.
Weather forecasters said that the strength of the winds pose a potential threat to trees and buildings and they have issued a safety warning to motorists and pedestrians.
Senior forecaster for Irish weather Online Peter O’Donnell, said: “The storm has broken on the west coast with gusts already over 55 knots (100kph).” He said that there was a risk of “some local damage to trees and buildings” in coastal counties in the west and north.
AA Roadwatch have advised road users to be particularly careful on exposed roads and in high-sided vehicles.
Approximately 4,000 customers nationwide were without power yesterday. The Midlands was the most adversely affected and hundreds were subsequently without power in Athlone and Tullamore. Yesterday large areas of Mullingar and Celbridge were without power.
Winds are expected to ease off slightly on Tuesday as the day progresses but they will still be quite strong. Blustery conditions are expected to prevail for some time in the west and north.
Forecasters believe the strong prevailing winds will subside on Tuesday night when a calm outlook is expected to prevail until the weekend when a spokesperson said it will become unsettled once more.