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Laois motorists urged to exercise caution following Storm Eleanor

Storm Eleanor hit the country overnight
Storm Eleanor hit the country overnight

Laois road users are being asked to exercise extreme caution this morning following Storm Eleanor.

Crime Prevention Officer Graham Kavanagh made the call after the county received a battering overnight with damaging winds and heavy rain.

He said: “I want to warn road users to exercise caution this morning.

“There has been flooding in parts and fallen trees overnight so take care out there.”

In comparison to the rest of the country, Laois appears to have gotten off fairly lightly.

An estimated 27,000 homes and businesses are without power this morning following damage caused by Storm Eleanor, which brought winds of up to 155km/h.

ESB Networks Operations Manager Derek Hynes told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that about 10,000 customers were left without power in Mayo overnight.

Other affected areas include parts of counties Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan. In total, 150,000 customers lost supply since yesterday evening.

A Status Orange weather warning remains in operation across nine counties until 2pm.

Met Éireann’s second highest level of alert forecasts storm surge conditions with exceptionally high seas, coastal damage and flooding across counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

A Status Yellow wind warning also remains valid for Leinster, as well as counties Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford with gusty westerly winds expected to continue into the early afternoon.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.