CHRISTMAS almost came asunder on Limerick’s O’Connell Street this Thursday morning, as the storm tore down some of the Christmas lights, which were perilously left hanging on the city’s main thoroughfare.
The road was blocked off for a time, due to the danger posed to motorists and pedestrians, but it has since re-opened.
A number of workers were fixing the lights outside the AIB branch on O’Connell Street, while the lights outside Brown Thomas were already fixed before 10am.
A spokesperson for the council said “strong winds blew some Christmas lights off their fixings around the junction of O’Connell Street and Shannon Street.
The road was closed temporarily and a small traffic diversion was put in place as the area was made safe. The road re-opened at 8.30am, the electricians fixed the lights and everything is back to normal now.”
Limerick was spared the worst of the ‘weather bomb’ overnight, with the north westerly coastal areas being primarily affected.
The Cliffs of Moher visitor centre was closed yesterday as a health and safety precaution, due to wind conditions. Its website warned visitors that “winds are extremely dangerous with some airborne rock debris falling near the viewing platforms”.
However, Met Eireann has issued a yellow warning today for Limerick, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford, with gusts likely to range from 90-110km/h.
An orange alert remains for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Clare, with winds expected to gust up to 130km/h. It also warns of very high waves today with a risk of coastal flooding.
Met Éireann says Thursday morning will be cold with wintry showers and cloud increasing in the afternoon as rain spreads from the southwest, reaching all parts of the country by Friday evening.
Thursday night is forecast to be bitterly cold as temperatures fall to between -3 and 0 degrees.
Friday is expected to be very cold but bright with sunny spells and a risk of occasional wintry showers, particularly over high ground. Met Éireann says temperatures will range between 4-8 degrees on Friday, leading into milder weekend weather.