Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann and ESB

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Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann and ESB

Picture: Met Eireann , Storm Callum on Friday

Storm Callum lashed Ireland with winds of up over 120kmh last night and there are fears that similar conditions are on the way for the weekend.

Commuters faced delays across the country and 30,000 people are without power so far due to damaged power lines.

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Homes and businesses in Naas, Newbridge and Kilcullen Co Kildare are among those inland that were hit with power outages as well as Talbots Inch, Rosehill, Paulstown and Goresbridge in Co Kilkenny.

Met Éireann has issued an updated Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo until 16:00 on Friday.

The highest gust so far is 124 kph in Belmullet at 7am Friday, October 12. Moore Park County Cork recorded 20.6mm rainfall in just a 4 hour window overnight.

All other warnings across the country have been lifted but the Met Éireann forecasters have said the stormy weather isn’t over yet.

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“Strong gales with the risk of storm force winds remain in effect for all Irish sea areas, with storm force winds from Slyne Head to Malin Head, and violent storm force winds a possibility here.

“Further warnings were considered across parts of the south and east later Friday, owing to another swathe of wind and rain. However the severity and likelihood of this secondary event has diminished considerably.  

“This event continues to be predominantly a coastal one, though some severe gusts moved inland, especially close to the squally cold front, as it pushed up over the country overnight.  Gusts in excess of 90 km/h were recorded widely, with up to 125 km/h gusts in parts of the west.

“Some further severe gusts are yet expected, with the the severe ORANGE warning still in operation for west and northwest coastal counties.  Gusts of 100 to 130 km/h are forecast across each county, with the strongest coasts along exposed coasts,” forecasters said.

ESB's Senior Press Officer Paul Hand said thousands of homes and businesses are without power due to damage to power lines.

Speaking to RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, he said they anticipate the number of power outages to increase as the storm moves northwards.

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group met yesterday for a briefing on Storm Callum. The group is due to meet again on Friday morning to access the damage.