Homes without power after storm

The fast moving Storm Eleanor hit Boyle Tuesday evening at approximately 5.30pm with winds easing down at 7pm.

During that 90 minutes there were severe gusts resulting in a number of fallen trees.

Ireland West Airport recorded a gust of 84 knots equivalent to 155kph

A number of areas were without power including 12 customers in Erris and Rockingham on the east of Boyle, 6,000 in Carrick on Shannon, 2,786 in Arigna, 61 in Aughoo, 83 in Gurteen and a similar number in Ballymote.

The Boyle customers were told to expect an estimated reconnection time of 23.15

A tree blocked part of the old Carrick Road at one stage and a viewer reported a large branch of tree down on Boyle to Ballymote road before you come to Tivnan’s.

A tree was also blocking part of the N4 at Doon close to East Brothers.

The Boyle to Ballymote road was blocked at Keash as was the Boyle to Gurteen road at Cloonloo.

In Ballinagare, a severe gust blew an articulated truck off the road necessitating the closure of the N5 for a time.

Boyle Bingo was cancelled Tuesday night as a result of the storm.

Met Eireann say strong winds will persist until morning and die out throughout Wednesday.

There is concern for another Atlantic system on Thursday with snow and freezing temperatures forecast for the weekend.

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