Storm Ellen hit Irish shores on Wednesday night, bringing gale force winds and, in the early hours of this morning, caused significant damage to the electricity network. Met Éireann had a red storm alert in place for Co Cork.

According to ESB Networks, the damage is widespread, affecting more than 194,000 homes, farms and businesses.

Southern, western and midland counties are most heavily affected.

Approximately 40,000 homes, farms and businesses in Cork are without power, the damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

ESB Networks crews were dispatched on Thursday morning to the most affected areas.

The public have been encouraged to stay safe, stay clear of fallen electricity lines and report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1800 372 999.

Milk collection

With fallen trees blocking roads in many counties, milk collections will likely be delayed across the country.

As a result of the disruption to the electricity network, many farmers have turned to power take-off (PTO) and diesel generators in order to complete this morning’s milkings.

Additional warnings

Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cork, Kerry and Waterford. The warning is valid from 5pm Thursday until 5am Friday morning.

Very strong south to southeast winds are on the way later on Thursday, veering southwesterly overnight with a continued risk of coastal flooding.

Meanwhile, a yellow flood warning has been issued for all of Ireland, valid from 9am Thursday until 5am Friday. Heavy, squally downpours and thunderstorms will bring a risk of spot flooding at times during the day and night.

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