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No serious injuries after weekend of storms

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STORM DAMAGEA number of cars were badly damaged in the car park of the Breaffy House Resort after trees fell during Storm Franklin.


Anton McNulty


THOUSANDS of euro worth of damage was caused to a number of parked cars which were hit by falling trees on the grounds of the Breaffy House Resort over the weekend.
Storm Franklin wrecked havoc across Mayo with gusts of up to 124 km per hour recorded at Knock Airport on Sunday with many households waking up on Monday morning to damage around their property.
A number of cars which were parked outside the Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar were seriously damaged when trees and branches landed on them. Thousands of euro of damage were caused to the parked cars but fortunately they were empty when the wind blew over the trees and there were no other reports of anybody being injured.
A status orange wind warning was put in place for both Galway and Mayo from 3pm on Sunday afternoon until 3am on Monday morning. Storm Franklin was the third storm to hit Ireland in the last week following Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice.
The county escaped relatively unscathed by the wrath of Dudley and Eunice despite the Department of Education taking the decision to close all schools in Mayo on Friday afternoon.
However, Storm Franklin was far more destructive than the previous two storms with a number of reports of property being damaged and trees and poles been blown over. In Achill a metal container in the village of Dooagh was blown through a concrete wall and onto the main road.
Mayo County Council reported a tree blocking half of the R320 between Swinford and Kiltimagh while council crews were also clearing fallen trees at New Line, Brickens, Castlemagarret, Meelick and Irishtown.
ESB crews were also busy across the county as they battled to reconnect homes with electricity following a number of power faults. Over 1,700 homes were left without power in the Ballina area while a further 300 homes were affected in the Turlough Road area of Castlebar.
Despite the damage caused by Storm Franklin, a spokesperson for An Garda Siochána said that there were no reports of any serious injuries caused to people during the storm with most people  heeding the weather warnings to stay indoors.
The bad weather is set to continue into the week with Met Éireann issuing a status yellow gale warning for the west coast for Wednesday. Southwest to west winds are expected to reach gale force eight at times on Wednesday on Irish coastal waters with the warning valid from 8am on Wednesday morning to 10pm that evening.