Storm Ellen latest: Power outages, flooding and fallen trees across Cork 

Storm Ellen latest: Power outages, flooding and fallen trees across Cork 
Flooding in Skibbereen. Image Credit Christopher O'Sullivan TD.

Update 23:30pm: As Storm Ellen continues to batter Cork, Cork County Council said it expects the impact from the storm to include possible structural damage from high winds. 

There are already numerous power outages around the city and county and some serious flooding in West Cork. 

"Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds, there is a potential risk of coastal flooding," the Council said in a statement. "There is a risk also of some inland and river flooding with some potentially heavy, thundery downpours. 

"Cork County Council response crews and contractors remain on standby." 

People around the city and county have reported the toll the storm is taking as it rages across Cork. 

Update 22:30pm: There have been further power outages in more areas of Cork including Cloyne, Dungarvan, Whitechurch and Macroom tonight as a result of Storm Ellen.

Heavy rainfall has led to flooding in Skibbereen.

There are reports of fallen trees in areas across Cork city and county, including on the R609 Carrigaline Road from Douglas to Carrigaline blocking the left lane before Maryborough Woods Road, near Meadows Estate on the way to Dungourney and between Castletownroche and Mallow. 

There are also reports of a trampoline on the Old Youghal Road outside the Cotton Ball pub in Mayfield

Update 9:45pm: There are reports of power outages in a few areas of Cork, including Fermoy, Castleview and a small outage in Kinsale.

1864 customers are affected by the outage in Fermoy, 325 customers are affected by the outage at Castleview and 11 are affected by the outage in Kinsale. 

Conditions are further deteriorating across Cork with winds picking up and rainfall becoming heavier.

There have also been reports of lightning in Skibbereen.

On Penrose Quay, there has been a report that hoarding and some of the fencing along the back of the railway station has collapsed onto the road.

Update 8:30pm: 'Now is the time to prepare' - that's the warning from Cork City Fire Brigade ahead of the arrival of Storm Ellen.

The Fire Bridge took to social media to remind the public to secure any loose items around their homes.

"There may be power outages so have torches ready and phones charged," the Fire Brigade said.

A status red wind warning has been issued for Cork with gale to storm force winds expected from 9pm.

Low level pooling has occurred on Morrison’s Island due to heavy rainfall earlier today and high astronomical spring tides.

Cork City Council has said there is the potential for more widespread tidal flooding on Thursday night from 7pm onwards.

Further updates on the specific situation regarding tidal flooding tomorrow night will be issued tomorrow morning by the council.

In the county, there have been reports of some spot flooding between Clonakilty and Ring Village.

Motorists are advised to take care on approach.

There is also flooding at World's End in Kinsale.

All Aldi stores in Cork will be closing shortly, at 8pm.

In a statement posted to social media this afternoon, the supermarket chain said they would be reviewing the situation and will update customers accordingly.

Tesco also announced all stores in Cork would be closing at 8pm and Omniplex Cinema in Mahon Point said in the interest of the health and safety of their customers and staff, they would close early.

Fota Island Wildlife Park and Spike Island have both taken the decision to close their premises tomorrow, August 20.

Earlier, Bus Éireann announced the temporary suspension of a number of Cork city and regional services in response to the Status Red wind warning as Strom Ellen approaches.

The CSPCA has urged pet owners to keep animals inside where possible. 

The status red wind warning is valid until 23:59 tonight. 

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