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Storm Barra turns into 1,000 mile wide ‘weather bomb’ leaving almost 50,000 homes with no power

by LLB Reporter
7th Dec 21 3:58 pm

Almost 50,000 homes are without power on Tuesday as Storm Barra is almost turning into a 1,000 mile wide “weather bomb.”

According to ESB networks there is roughly 49,000 homes without power as of 12:45pm as gale force winds are damaging electricity networks as falling trees are ripping overhead power lines.

ESB said that crews will respond to the electricity outage when it is safe to do so.

The Met Office has warned of a red wind alert which will remain in place until 9pm on Tuesday night.

Cork City council are strongly advising residents to remain at home as winds are to reach between 80 and 130kn per hour.

They said, “an intense period of severe wind” is expected over the next few hours and there are flood warnings in place.

Ireland’s Housing Minister warned on Tuesday afternoon that the worst winds are yet to come as Storm Barra takes a grip.

Minister Darragh O’Brien said, “We are only halfway through. The winds may increase, and are projected to do so later in the day and into the evening.

“Not that there’s any sense of complacency. The public have responded really well, but just to be on their guard.

“I think people should be on their guard throughout today and into tonight.”

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