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Storm Brendan leaves its mark on Mayo


Anton McNulty

STORM Brendan battered the west coast of the country yesterday (Monday) causing power cuts in some parts of Mayo but it seems the county has escaped major damage.
Wind speeds of over 100km per hour were recorded in Mayo yesterday as Storm Brendan made landfall, with reports of customers in parts of Achill, Ballinrobe, Ballina, Belmullet and Claremorris being left without power yesterday afternoon.
An Orange weather warning was issued by Met Éireann for Mayo on Monday afternoon which was to last until midnight. The national weather service warned that southwesterly winds would reach mean speeds of 65km to 80km per hour, with gusts of 100km to 130km per hour or higher in exposed areas. They also warned of a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.
Our Lady’s Secondary School and St Brendan’s College in Belmullet and Coláiste Pobail Acla in Achill remained closed yesterday due to Storm Brendan.
Mayo County Council activated its local flood emergency plans across all municipal district areas and the R313 Belmullet to Blacksod road was closed from 5am on Monday morning due to tidal flooding. This road was due to remain closed until 8am this morning (Tuesday) at which time Mayo County Council staff were due to review the situation.
Mayo County Council confirmed several incidents of fallen branches and trees have been reported in various locations around the county, with call-out crews working in very challenging conditions to deal with these incidents.
Some spectacular footage of the sea crashing against the coast was posted on social media during the day with one showing waves crashing over the Michael Davitt Bridge on Achill Island. There were also reports of small steel sheds being turned over and blown in the wind.
Storm Brendan also impacted on services at Ireland West Airport Knock with the London Standsted, Luton and Edinburgh services all diverted to Dublin Airport in the morning.