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Response Team Warn People To Remain Vigilant Amid Further Storms

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Poor weather conditions are expected to continue with high winds over the next few days along with further high tides, the potential for flooding along the south and west coasts is still increasingly high.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government are currently co-ordinating the response which they will undertake in the aftermath of the latest storm to hit Ireland.

The public are being advised to monitor weather forecasts and local information while the Department met this morning, with Minster Eoghan Murphy and Minister Denis Naughten in attendance and the meeting was chaired by Seán Hogan.

Met Éireann had issued an Orange level wind warning in relation to Storm Eleanor which was in effect from from 4pm to 9pm, covering Munster, Leinster and Galway, and a yellow warning for the rest of the country.

Nonetheless, the OPW has now indicated that the tidal levels are currently at high astronomical levels, with the possibility of overtopping and localised coastal flooding in Atlantic counties over the next two days of high tides.

Rainfall amounts were predicted to be between 10-20mm countrywide with Galway and Donegal possibly receiving amounts of 25-30mm in what is described as packing showers.

While it was expected that all parts of the country would experience high winds for short periods over 24 hours starting on January 2nd.

Furthermore it has been revealed there is another system of low pressure moving towards Ireland which is expected Wednesday and well into Thursday which is currently being monitored by Met Éireann.

Overall 150K homes, farms and businesses suffered a loss in electricity supply as a result of Storm Eleanor yesterday evening, predominantly in counties Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Cavan and Monaghan. ESB teams have been working in difficult conditions last night and this morning to restore power to 134K customers and as of 12 noon today, 16K customers who lost supply last night remain without power.

ESB Networks teams from less impacted areas have travelled and are deploying to help their colleagues in the worst impacted areas. However, further outages can be expected as high winds are set to hit the country again today and tomorrow.

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD has said: “We are on standby to help anyone whose homes may have been affected by the flooding. Staff from the department will be available to support those in the affected areas tomorrow morning and we are ready to activate the HAID at anytime should residential properties have been damaged from extreme weather today. I would urge families and individuals in need of assistance to contact their local Intreo Centre where our Community Welfare Service Teams are available to assist them.”

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