Power outages in Cork after heavy rain and wind hit the region

Power outages in Cork after heavy rain and wind hit the region

A number of homes and businesses across Cork are without power this morning after heavy rain, wind and thundery conditions overnight.

There are more than 5,000 customers without power this morning across the country following last night's heavy rain and wind.

The worst affected areas are in the south and east of the country.

In Cork, more than 600 homes and businesses were affected particularly around the Midleton and Castlelyons areas.

ESB networks are working to restore power to affected customers and are reminding the public to avoid any fallen cables or overhead wires.

Power is expected to be restored at all Cork locations by around lunchtime today.

A countrywide weather warning has now ended - but there are some more bad conditions expected this weekend.

Met Eireann and meteorologists have warned people across the country of the possibility of spot-flooding in the coming days.

Emergency services in Cork responded to three separate car accidents last night as the bad weather hit the region.

One vehicle overturned on the Innishannon to Kinsale Road, another car crashed between the Airport roundabout and Fivemilebridge and a third car crashed between Cobh Cross and the Little Island exit.

There were also reports of fallen trees near Midleton as well as on the South Link Road.

Yesterday was also a busy day for emergency rescue services in Cork, with multiple callouts to a number of incidents around the county.

Crosshaven RNLI was called to attend a medical emergency on Spike Island in the early afternoon, when a visitor became seriously unwell at the tourist attraction.

Meanwhile, a diver was brought to hospital after suffering decompression sickness at the wreck of the Lusitania.

A Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the diver from approximately 12 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale to Galway University Hospital.

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