Clean up underway after Storm Ali sweeps across Ireland

Clean up underway after Storm Ali sweeps across Ireland
Storm Ali damage after trees were blown over in high winds on Centre Park Road this morning. Pic; Larry Cummins

It was very lucky that there was no loss of life or serious injury in Cork during Storm Ali, gardaí in Cork have said.

The county was hit with gale force conditions this morning as the storm swept across Ireland.

One woman died in Galway after a caravan was blown off a cliff onto the beach below and the National Ploughing Championships was cancelled just a few hours into its second day.

Thousands were left without power in the Cork region with ESB crews continuing efforts to ensure that power is restored.

Trees felled by Storm Ali on Cork City’s Marina Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Trees felled by Storm Ali on Cork City’s Marina Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Meanwhile, there were reports of fallen trees, fencing and even power lines across Cork today.

“It was very lucky there was no loss of life or serious injury in Cork,” said Sergeant Peter Murphy of Anglesea Garda station.

“Some very large trees fell across roads in the morning during times when commuters could easily have been there.

“Trees were also bringing down power lines and in some cases, electricity poles which is a serious hazard,” he added.

“It is always better to err on the side of caution in that situation, assume they are live and do not approach them until they have been safely dealt with.” 

Anglesea Garda station was busy early this morning coordinating responses across Kerry and West Cork, where the storm seemed to have the most impact, according to Sergeant Murphy.

Large tree down on Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4 as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland. Pic Collins Photos
Large tree down on Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4 as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland. Pic Collins Photos

Fire crews were called to an incident at Muskerry Terrace in Blarney where the felt roof was blown off one house and other roofs suffered structural damage.

Gardai and ESB crews were alerted in the afternoon following reports of a fallen ESB pole on the road between Vicarstown and Tower, with a possibility of live wires down also.

A fallen tree on the South City Link (N27) had blocked a lane between near the exit at Turner’s Cross and another had partially blocked the North Ring Road by Tinkers Cross.

Another falling tree hit a car near Anglers Rest in Carrigrohane but no injuries were reported.

There were also reports of fallen trees near Millstreet, Temple Hill in Ballincollig and on Centre Park Road as well as Macroom and Ringaskiddy.

Cork City’ Council's Parks crew were out yesterday dealing with the removal of tree limbs and fallen trees across the City.

“In terms of storms, the damage is minor,” said Administrative Officer, Stephen Scully.

The scene in Claddaghduff in Galway where a Swiss tourist in her 50's was killed as her caravan was blown into the sea by Storm Ali. Pic Paul Mealey
The scene in Claddaghduff in Galway where a Swiss tourist in her 50's was killed as her caravan was blown into the sea by Storm Ali. Pic Paul Mealey

Sergeant Murphy urged people to begin their winter weather preparations early this year.

“The storm was a good warning for people to begin their preparation now, check their drains are free of debris and if they live in an area that floods easily, ensure they have adequate sandbags,” he said.

“This storm wasn’t too bad but the next one could bring torrential rain and flooding.

“By the time a storm like Storm Ophelia or Storm Emma hit, it’s too late to prepare,” he added.

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