STORM BARRA: Council responding to a number of fallen trees
The worst impacts of Storm Barra in Offaly were felt last night, with a number of fallen trees reported in the county, as well as some power outages.
The county remains under a Met Éireann Status yellow wind warning in relation to the storm, with this warning in place until 2pm today (Wednesday).
Offaly County Council says its crews responded to a number of tree falls and were continuing to respond today as the storm began to fade.
Areas were trees went down in Offaly included the L5006 Ballybrittan; Doon; and the L1003, Cloncreen Road.
The ESB indicated that over 300 people were experiencing a power outage in Cloghan, with the electricity currently due to be restored there between 4pm and 4.30pm today.
A smaller power outage was seen in Shannon Harbour, with 17 ESB customers affected, and power here is due to be restored this lunchtime.
The council is reminding people that northwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h, and gusts of up to 100 km/h, with localised stronger winds likely.
Offaly's three civic amenity centres are open today; however the council says it is continuing to monitor the weather conditions and may need to close them in the interests of safety at short notice.
The contact number for reporting issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage is 0579346800 or, out of hours, 1800 15 15 15.
For any water disruption, contact Irish Water on 1850 278 278. For disruption to power, contact the ESB on 1850 372 999
The council is asking motorists to exercise caution as driving conditions may be hazardous again today due to flooding or fallen trees/branches.
Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to exercise caution during heavy rain. Please be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.
The council says it Severe Weather Team is continuing to monitor the situation and is dealing with any issues which may arise.