Flood barriers were erected at Howley's Quay, Limerick as a precaution | PICTURE: Adrian Butler
LIMERICK appears to have escaped the worst of Storm Lorenzo which battered parts of the west coast overnight.
However, almost 200 homes and businesses are without electricity this Friday morning and there are some local reports of debris as a result of the overnight winds.
According to ESB Networks 80 customers are without power in the Bruff area and 117 are without power at Singland on the outskirts of the city.
Signage also came off a building at O’Connell Street in Limerick City Centre overnight and gardai are warning it is partially blocking one lane.
The Munster Regional Control Centre at Mulgrave Street says there were no storm-related callouts for Limerick Fire and Rescue overnight and gardai at Henry Street and Newcaste West say there were no major incidents in their districts.
A status orange wind warning, which came into effect at 6pm on Thursday, has now been lifted although Met Éirean says strong west to southwest winds will continue to bring hazards to the early morning commute with the possibility of debris from trees and structures weakened by the passing storm.
Strong westerly winds will steadily ease today and rain in the north will move east and south and clear in the early afternoon. Highest temperatures 16 to 19 degrees. pic.twitter.com/m1asf36dsU— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 4, 2019
Limerick City and County Council says its crews are on standy to respond to any incidents and it is appealing to motorists to excercise caution when travelling to work or school this Friday morning – particularly in rural areas.
Bus and train services are set to operate as normal this Friday.
With the exception of diversions to Galways Routes 401 and 424, all our services are currently operating as normal #stormlorenzo @TFIupdates @Galwaybayfmnews @Live95fmNews @CorksRedFM @Corks96FM @ClareFM @radiokerry @OceanFmIreland @radiomidwest @aaroadwatch— Bus Eireann (@Buseireann) October 4, 2019
All routes have been checked prior to start up of services. No debris on any route & all services are expected to operate as normal #stormlorenzo— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) October 4, 2019