Limerick battered by winter storms

The tree which crashed into the car park at castle Court Castleconnell on St Stephen's night
THOUSANDS of homes across Limerick are without power this Friday morning after storms battered the county overnight.

THOUSANDS of homes across Limerick are without power this Friday morning after storms battered the county overnight.

The weather also grounded a number of flights out of Shannon while gardai are advising motorists to drive with caution with reports of fallen branches and other debris on roads “all over” the Bruff and Newcastle West garda districts.

Abbeyfeale is among the worst affected areas for power outages. Around 680 homes are not expected to have their power restored until 6pm this Friday while ESB crews have managed to restore power to another 540 customers in Abbeyfeale this morning.

Over 900 customers in the Bruff area and 300 in Garryspillane are expected to have their supply restored by this Friday lunchtime while engineers are also working on an outage that is affecting over 600 customers in the Cratloe area. See the ESB Networks website for further updates.

A tree which had stood for generations near the centre of Castleconnell village was blown down in a matter of seconds shortly before 8.30pm on St Stephen’s night, crashing into the car park of the Castle Court shopping development. It had been part of a tree-lined avenue at a residential development, Coolbane Wood.

Around the same time, another tree fell onto the Castleconnell to Lisnagry road, forcing motorists to take detours.

It was a busy night for fire crews across the county with several fallen trees. Fallen branches have made driving a hazard on many secondary roads. A motorist reported a trampoline lodged in a ditch on the Kilmallock Road at Grange.

But gardai in Bruff and Newcastle West said they were unaware of any road closures at 10am this Friday.

Passengers getting flights in and out of Shannon this Friday morning are urged to contact their airline in advance. Aer Lingus services to Manchester and London Heathrow and Ryanair to Liverpool were among the services delayed or cancelled.

The Limerick County Council emergency number is 061 419226.

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