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Storm Doris - High seas at Dun Laoghaire pier with winds of 120kmh expected. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Storm Doris - High seas at Dun Laoghaire pier with winds of 120kmh expected. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

Doris Day: Cork escapes the worst of the storm

CORK city escaped the worst of Storm Doris as 20,000 homes were left without power around the country.

There were no major weather-related incidents recorded overnight by Gardaí at Anglesea St but motorists were urged to take caution when travelling in the event of debris on roads.

Just one road blockage was recorded in Cork by AA Roadwatch at the Old Dublin Road between Rathcormac and Fermoy near Conna Cross.

People were urged to check flight information before travelling to airports this morning with disruption to some services from Cork Airport due to the weather.

Aer Lingus arrivals and departures on the Cork/Birmingham route were cancelled, while two flights on the Cork/London route were also cancelled after the airline issued a weather advisory last night.

In total, 12 flights were affected nationally.

Status Orange and Yellow warnings were still in place around the country this morning.

Gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour were recorded in Cork as rain came in off the Atlantic before the storm made its way east.

AA roadwatch said: "A Status Orange Wind warning is in place for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Westmeath and Meath until midday. A Status Yellow Wind warning is in effect for Munster, Connacht, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois and Offaly, also until midday.

"High-sided vehicles are especially vulnerable on open or exposed roads, so be particularly mindful of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists this morning on the road."

Met Eireann said the weather should ease off from midday today and it is expected to be cold and mostly dry with sharp frost forecast tonight.

Temperatures will fall to around zero or minus one degree tonight, but will stabilise at three or four degrees in western areas.