Calm returning as Brendan takes his leave

Brendan the Navigator greets Storm Brendan on Monday during the Code Orange weather warning at the entrance to Fenit Harbour.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

CALM has been restored in Kerry following a prolonged battering from Storm Brendan which resulted in dozens of trees and heavy branches falling and power being lost in many areas.

The worst of the weather was reported after 6 o’clock this morning and the electricity supply was cut in places like Caherciveen, Waterville, Rathmore, Milltown and Glenbeigh.

ESB crew members John Buckley and Darren Twomey restoring power to houses on the Fenit Road in Tralee.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

Kerry County Council crews had to deal with over 15 reports of trees crashing to the ground and blocking roads around the county and at least one tree was uprooted just inside the entrance to Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

The public was advised to stay away from heavily wooded areas and Killarney National Park was deemed out of bounds while the storm was at its height.

ESB crews were out in force to repair damaged lines and to restore power to homes and businesses.

A Yellow Alert warning will remain in place until 8 o’clock tonight.

Storm Brendan in all its glory shines through the gusts of wind and rain in Camp. Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

The Kerry Local Coordination Group met to keep the situation under review and to remind the public that there remains a risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

The public should avoid exposed coasts and high ground, until the weather warning has passed and motorists and cyclists should be mindful of falling debris, strong cross winds and the possibility of localised flooding in exposed areas

Kerry County Council crews are still on standby to respond to any issues which arise and emergencies can be reported to a dedicated emergency line on 066-7183588.

Power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1850-372-999.

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