Autumn turns to winter in a matter of hours

Is it gone yet: Trisha Maye’s clever dog Indi was taking no chances in Killarney at the height of the storm this morning

WINTER arrived in Kerry, prematurely and with a ferocious impact, overnight with trees uprooted, branches strewn everywhere and several roads blocked as Storm Callum made its presence felt.

The strikingly beautiful golden and burgundy leaves were shredded from laden trees which were unceremoniously stripped of their autumn foliage with householders having to act quickly to take preventative steps to ensure their drains weren’t blocked by the carpet of sodden debris.

Dedicated Kerry County Council crews, backed up by fire service personnel and civil defence, were out long before daybreak, working through the darkness to clear roadways that had been blocked by fallen trees were cleared.

No way through: a footpath blocked by a fallen tree at Muckross Close in Killarney on a snapshot posted online by Ronan Mitchell

Several trees came crashing down in Killarney, including on the main Killarney to Kenmare road, close to Muckross Gardens, the R568 between Moll’s Gap and Sneem, near Beaufort village on the Killorglin side of grotto, on the N72 on the Killarney side of Killorglin and on the N22 at Glenflesk, forcing the authorities to reduce the road to one lane.

Problems with trees also arose om the Glenflesk-Barraduff road at Headford, between the N22 and the R570,on the roadway between Knockanes National School and Brewsterfield and in Muckross Close, Killarney.

Many houses were plunged into darkness overnight with trees falling on power lines and the areas worst hit included Waterville, Kenamre, Milltown, Castleisland, Killorglin and Ballinskelligs. Over 2,000 homes were still with power at lunchtime but ESB crews are working hard to restore service to all areas.

The early morning flight from Kerry to Dublin was cancelled due to strong winds and several school transport vehicles were unable to provide a full service.

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