Cork “dodged a bullet” as Storm Lorenzo passed by the county with little damage.
Winds of up to 130km per hour were expected in some parts of the country, but Cork seemed to be over the worst of the weather by 6pm, as the storm tracked further west than initially expected.
There had been some reports of trees down and power outages in the West Cork area early today, but power had been restored by this evening.
Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team is due to convene again tomorrow morning to review the overnight impact and see if any further action needs to be taken across the county.
Padraig Barrett, Director of Services for Roads and Transportation with Cork County Council, said that the storm appeared to have passed with little damage, saying that he felt that Cork “dodged a bullet”.
Both the County and City councils, however, remain on high alert and are monitoring the situation with crews on standby throughout the night.
Valerie O’ Sullivan, Director of Services at Cork City Council, said that the worst of the gusts and high winds were expected between 3am and 5am, but “by the time everyone is getting up for work and school, we expect it to be okay.”
Cork City Council also assured that anyone who presented as homeless tonight was accommodated.
They had been in contact with emergency homeless service providers who ensured that shelter was available to all in need.
Two Aer Lingus flights destined for Shannon were diverted to Cork earlier today as a result of the storm, with passengers transferred by bus from Cork to Shannon.
Cork had been under a yellow wind warning until 6pm this evening, when alongside Waterford and Tipperary, the warning was lifted.
Elsewhere around the country, a status orange wind warning remains in place for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick until 6am tomorrow, while a yellow warning was in place for Leitrim and Sligo.
The Irish Coast Guard issued advice for the public to stay away from coastal areas last night, having attended to 6 incidents before 6pm this evening.