Storm Callum passes with no major damage

Storm Callum passes with no major damage

Storm Callum passed overnight without major incident in Cork city, and high tide at Fr Mathew Quay, Morrison’s Island, did not cause any major disruptions in the area and no property damage. Picture: Larry Cummins

MORE than 7,000 homes in Cork were without power this morning after Storm Callum swept across the county overnight.

A Status Orange weather warning from Met Éireann was in place from 10pm and there were significant winds reported in Cork, with a gust of 151km/h recorded at Fastnet Rock in the early hours of the morning.

Cork city escaped the worst of the impact, with no significant incidents other than a small number of trees down and debris on the road.

An angry high tide pounded Youghal’s quayside last night.	Picture: John Hennessy
An angry high tide pounded Youghal’s quayside last night. Picture: John Hennessy

Traffic restrictions were put in place in Morrison’s Island, Union Quay, Wandesford Quay, French’s Quay, and Crosse’s Green because of a danger of flooding and there was minor spot flooding in the city at high tide last night and this morning.

There was a mudslide on the Cobh/Fota road at Carrigaloe. It made the road difficult to navigate and gardaí in Cobh advised motorists to avoid the area where possible.

Cork County Council was also braced for flooding, with sandbags being made available in Youghal, Midleton and Bantry.

There was some flooding on the Bailick Road in Midleton this morning at peak commuter time, adding to heavy traffic in the area.

There were also reports of flooding in Little Island, with Ballytrasna Park impassable for a time. The worst affected area for power outages was near Ballydehob in West Cork. More than 4,100 customers were left without electricity this morning.

There were also significant outages reported in the Scarteen area of Mallow and the Lee Bridge area in Macroom.

ESB crews were ready to deploy at the first opportunity, and a spokesperson said some were already on the road by early morning.

Storm Callum approaching… A Spring tide fast approaches Owenahincha Beach, Rosscarbery, County Cork, with Galley Head Lighthouse in the distance, as a Code Orange heads for the Atlantic Coast of Ireland.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan
Storm Callum approaching… A Spring tide fast approaches Owenahincha Beach, Rosscarbery, County Cork, with Galley Head Lighthouse in the distance, as a Code Orange heads for the Atlantic Coast of Ireland.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

“Between Cork and Kerry, we had approximately 15,000 customers without power this morning,” Paul Hand of the ESB said.

“There may be some more outages reported in rural areas this morning but we don’t expect the number to rise significantly. Our crews will be making a huge effort and we expect the vast majority of homes in Cork to have power restored before the end of the day.”

Customers without power can check for updates on when the fault is expected to be repaired at www.esbpowercheck.ie or on the PowerCheck app for iPhone and Android.

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