July 31, 2021

STORM BRENDAN: 4,000 without power in Wicklow, trees down and trampoline loose on motorway

The main thrust of Storm Brendan is moments away from hitting Wicklow and already there are reports of trees down and debris on the road as the county is battered by high winds and heavy rains.

Brendan has already hit the South West coast, with winds of up to 130kph, driving rain and heavy hail showers. The storm has already caused severe damage, with roofs ripped off buildings in Youghal and Ballincollig with roads closed in parts.

Road closed outside building in Ballincollig as roof peels off

It is estimated already up to 50,000 people are without power, of which more than 4,000 are in the Wicklow with those on high ground particulary affected.

There are reports of trees down on many rural roads and around the mountain roads and another on the Herbert Road in Bray which is now blocking traffic.

Driving conditions on the M11  have become treacherous over the past hour.

Trampolin loose on the M9 Motorway as  Storm Brendan batters the country 

The main Waterford to Limerick road is currently closed after numerous tree falls blocking the road. A large tree  came down at a roundabout near Clonmel, while multiple trees have fallen on the N24  at Carrick-on-Suir blocking the road.

The main street in Ballincollig has been closed after serious damage was caused to the roof of an industrial building in the town centre, while a popular public house in Youghal has seen some of its roof ripped off.

Tree downed and blocking road due to Storm Brendan

Emergency services are advising people to stay indoors until the storm passes this afternoon and to be prepared for possible thundery conditions and power cuts.

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