Three store cattle, seven calves and a bullock were killed on Saturday after they were struck by lightning.
In north Westmeath, the three store cattle were killed after potentially being struck by lightning, with Ciaran Lynch tweeting that he saw the incident take place.
“A white flame fire. It lifted the cattle clean off the ground and they were probably stone dead before landing,” he said.
Some eye opener this evening.— Ciaran Lynch (@CiaranL1808) May 15, 2021
3 good store cattle fried with either @ESBNetworks or lightening down a pole and stay wire as I passed by the field
A white flame fire ?? . It lifted the cattle clean off the ground and they were probably stone dead before landing. pic.twitter.com/Pwekzdx8ga
In Tullow, Co Carlow, seven calves were struck by lightning on Saturday. It is understood the incident happened near Mount Wolseley.
A bullock was also struck and killed by lightning in Coolkenna, Co Wicklow on Saturday.
Sadly one of these lightning strikes near Tullow today killed 7 calves. This highlights the risk of lightning and we could see more thunderstorms tomorrow. Please be aware and take care. pic.twitter.com/huH6lSwwG3— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) May 15, 2021
A status yellow thunderstorm warning was in place for Leinster, Munster and Connacht for Saturday afternoon and evening.
Met Éireann has issued a status yellow thunderstorm warning for Sunday for every county in the Republic of Ireland except for Donegal, Dublin and Wicklow.