10,000 without power as storm Callum hits
Fallen trees and power lines combined with heavy rain cause disruption on farms while weather warnings remain in place for the north-west.

It was a difficult morning milking in Ireland's dairy heartland after storm Callum began to move across the country overnight, shattering trees and power lines.

Of a peak of 60,000 customers disconnected at 4am, ESB Networks said 30,000 were still without power at 7am. Efforts continued to repair lines through the day, with the 10,000 remaining without electricity at noon expected to be reconnected by the end of the day. Most were in a band stretching across the southern half of the country from counties Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Mayo and Monaghan.

"We are particularly appealing to farmers and landowners to be vigilant as fallen trees or branches may have fallen on, or be leaning against electricity wires," a spokesperson for ESB Networks said. "Please do not approach or touch the wires, trees or branches, as they are extremely dangerous. Report immediately to 1850 372 999."

Eir said that around 3,000 fixed telephone line customers were disconnected by the storm too.

There were reports of multiple road closures in the same regions. AA Roadwatch warned of fallen trees blocking a number of roads and a mudslide cutting off the road between Cobh and Fota in Co Cork.

Gardaí added warnings of fallen trees and debris in Co Meath as the storm moved north on Friday morning.

A meeting of the Government's National Emergency Coordination Group on Friday morning issued a statement noting that "storm Callum tracked as forecast by Met Éireann with the worst of the storm affecting the west coast and fortunately did not hit in all areas as hard as it could have, resulting in minimal disruption". The group was stood down following the meeting.

The Teagasc/Glanbia farm walk scheduled today in Co Waterford has been cancelled as a result of the storm.

Met Éireann recorded the strongest winds along the west and south coasts, with gusts of over 100km/h in Co Cork and Co Kerry in the small hours of Friday. Gusts of 119km/h were recorded on Valentia Island at midnight.

As the storm tracked north, the coasts of Co Galway and Co Mayo were hit later in the morning, with gusts of 124km/h at Belmullet at 8am.

Met Éireann updated previous weather warnings at 9:30am on Friday morning, keeping a status orange alert in place until 4pm for counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo. A status yellow warning is in place in Northern Ireland until midnight on Friday. Alerts have been lifted for other areas. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue after the storm abates.

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Weather forecast

The west of the country will be affected by scattered showers overnight, according to Met Éireann.

Wednesday is expected to be a blustery, day with changeable rain conditions – ranging from scattered showers to hail throughout the day.

Atlantic coastal regions are expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

In the news

  • Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000.
  • Veterinary inspectors in factories are taking industrial action, which is having an effect on factory throughput.
  • IFA president Joe Healy has warned that there will be a knock-on effect if the national suckler herd contracts.
  • The High Court has placed a seven-week stay on a judgement ordering the detention of an indebted farmer resisting eviction from his land.
  • A number of dairy processors have set their milk price for November.
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    LacPatrick has followed the lead of the majority of co-ops by holding its November milk price.

    LacPatrick Dairies has held its November milk price for suppliers both north and south of the border.

    Suppliers in the south will continue to receive 29.41c/l excluding VAT.

    Northern suppliers will receive 26.5p/l including VAT.

    They will also receive a 2p/l winter milk bonus for November milk.

    Last month, LacPatrick applied a cut of 1p/l to its October milk price for NI suppliers and said it was not in a position to pay a winter milk bonus.

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    Gardaí have recovered up to €500,000 in counterfeit car parts, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser parts, at a property in Drumgoose, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

    Jeep bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos, were discovered by gardaí.

    The search was part of an operation investigating the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí added that no arrests were made as part of the search.

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