Massive power outage reported as storm Eleanor sweeps across Ireland


"We have been working in hard conditions since yesterday evening to restore power to over 20,000 customers and we'll continue to respond to reports of damage and reconnect supplies as quickly and safely as possible".

Streets around the docks in Galway on the west coast were flooded after high tides breached the sea defences, prompting the deployment of about two dozen troops to support flood defence efforts. Water was more than one foot deep in places.

A yellow warning issued for Wales, central and southern England was extended into Thursday as the Met Office warned of public transport disruption, closed bridges, power cuts, phone outages and freak waves.

The AA also report that there is flooding on the R152 approximately 2km before Kilmoon Cross and motorists are being asked to avoid the road.

The Met Office said strong winds are expected until 7pm today, though they won't be quite as strong as the 65mph gusts recorded in the early hours of yesterday.

So far no loss of life has been reported in the storm though serious flooding caused by high tides and heavy rains was reported in some parts of the country, particularly in its western seaboard. "Damaging gusts likely inland also".

ESB Networks said it was attempting to restore power to some 16,000 properties, with 10,000 of those affected in Co Mayo.

Irish state electricity company ESB said that by noon Wednesday (1200 GMT), electricity had been restored to 134,000 customers, but 16,000 homes, farms and businesses remained without power.

A Status Orange wind warning is place for a number of counties, including Donegal.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre has been closed due to the continuing danger posed by the high winds, but Shannon Aiport hasn't been affected and is operating as normal.

In Ireland, coastal towns are still at risk of heavy flooding.

"Drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even on motorways".

A wave which crashes against the sea wall in Clevedon, Somerset.

"The reality is the severity of the storms that we're seeing this particular season is as a result of the polar air mass has gone significantly further south in the Atlantic", he said.

A tree fell on a train track in Ickenham, Greater London, and caused severe delays on the Metropolitan Line.

Warnings have also been issued for Grangemouth in central Scotland and Culross, Longannet and Kincardine in the Fife area.