Cork motorist narrowly escapes fatal incident during storm Atiyah

Cork motorist narrowly escapes fatal incident during storm Atiyah
Cork City Fire Brigade attended the scene of a road incident last night where a falling tree hit an SUV. Fortunately no one was harmed.

Cork City Fire Brigade were at the scene last night on a country road outside Glanmire where the unfortunate motorist's vehicle was hit by a falling tree.

Martin Lynch from Toonsbridge was driving at around midnight when the tree suddenly fell and struck his vehicle.

Martin's SUV was a write-off after a tree fell on his vehicle last night.
Martin's SUV was a write-off after a tree fell on his vehicle last night.

"My wife was warning me about the bad weather and reports of trees falling but I didn't listen, unfortunately.

"I initially thought I'd hit something when the tree came down because the windscreen went completely dark," Martin told The Echo

Whilst the vehicle is looking like a write-off, fortunately, Martin was unharmed.

With some good karma owed to him, Martin is planning on buying a lottery ticket and vowed: "I'll listen to my wife the next time!" 

Martin's wife, Amy standing next to the fallen tree for scale.
Martin's wife, Amy standing next to the fallen tree for scale.

Met Éireann yesterday issued a weather advisory for Cork, with strong winds and heavy showers forecasted for the afternoon and into the night. 

A Level Orange Weather Warning for Storm Atiyah was in effect from 1pm yesterday until 6pm today.

Whilst this has since been downgraded, yesterday's storm has left thousands of homes across the county with no power. 

Reported Cork areas to have been affected include Glengarrif, Iniscarra, Whites Cross and around Ballydehob. 

A number of flights out of Cork were cancelled yesterday evening along with a couple of diverted landings to Shannon and Dublin. 

Glow Cork, the popular installation in Bishop Lucey Park was forced to close yesterday due to the adverse weather conditions along with a number of other organised events such as the 'Santa Dash' in Kinsale. 

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