AT LEAST 194,000 homes and businesses are without power this morning due to Storm Ellen.
A red wind warning – the highest status – was in place in Cork as the storm made herself known.
At the moment there are 40,000 premises without power in Cork, 35,000 in Tipperary, 20,000 in Westmeath, 15,000 in Longford and 12,000 in Limerick.
Around 50 ESB crews have been working through the night to restore power and people are being urged to check the ESB’s website for more information.
Officials in Cork have reported over 50 callouts for fallen trees.
A gust of 143km/ph was recorded in Roches Point, Cork Harbour at 11pm.
ESB Networks Operations Manager Derek Hynes said that they are aware of 900 fault locations on the line.
Cork County Council said: “Please exercise extreme caution on the roads this morning as high winds/heavy rain overnight has resulted in hazardous road conditions, incl fallen trees/debris & areas of spot flooding.
“To report fallen trees, contact Cork County Council’s Emergency Number 021 4800048.”
Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns shared shocking footage of the floods brought on by the storm in Skibbereen, Co Cork.
The TD shared a video of a van driving through the floods as the water began to reach beyond the path.
The red warning for Cork states: “Between 9pm and midnight Storm Ellen will produce a core of very severe and destructive winds.”
The warning will kicked in at 9pm last night and lasted until midnight.
Met Eireann’s Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack warned that it was a serious storm and Cork, Kerry and Clare particularly were likely to be hit with coastal flooding due to very heavy rain.
A status red warning was issued for gale to storm force winds yesterday on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea.
And people holidaying or living on campsites and caravan parks were warned to seek alternative accommodation.
Gerard O’Flynn, Coast Guard head of operations, said people should seek shelter if they are staying on a campsite.
He said earlier today: “We are appealing to the public not to engage in any form of coastal activity and to be mindful of the risks posed by the extreme tide ranges.
“We’re heading towards what we call astronomical high end, low water tide which means we get a very, very high tide and very, very low tide.”
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He urged the public to stay back, stay high and stay dry.
He continued: “We are asking people to stay away from the coast and to stay away from the sea and to avoid the temptation to try and get a fancy photograph or a selfie.
“It’s not the time to take a risk.”