Storm Gertrude lashes Boyle

The west including Boyle and Roscommon was hit with hurricane force winds overnight as Storm Gertrude lashed the country.

Gusts of up to 130kmp were recorded at the height of the storm.

A number of tress are reported to have fallen on many roads. A tree that was blocking the Croghan to Carrick on Shannon R370 has now been removed.

A number of homes near Castlerea should have power restored by 9:30am.

Iarnrod Eireann report that all trains are operating as normal on the Dublin Sligo line.

Met Eireann forecasts an extremely windy start to Friday with further severe or damaging gusts – overnight rain clearing eastwards early in the morning, with some thundery bursts of rain for a time yet. However a clearance will quickly develop – brightening up even as of early morning in some parts, with a mix of sunshine and scattered blustery showers following for the rest of the day. Whilst the winds will ease a little, staying rather windy for the day, with fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds. Turning cooler through the day, with some hail showers occurring in the north and west later – showers will be more widespread at that point too. Highest afternoon temperatures will range a near normal 7 to 11 degrees Celsius, best values for southeastern counties.

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