Storm Brendan isn’t finished just yet

Red sky in the morning: This stunning photograph was taken by Lee Tiller at Ladies’ View on his way to work in Killarney

IT hasn’t gone away, you know.

Storm Brendan is expected to return to deliver another battering to Kerry this evening and the Orange Alert warning will remain in place until 9 o’clock tonight.

The Kerry Local Coordination Group met this afternoon to continue to coordinate the response to the storm amid reports of trees crashing to the ground and blocking roads around the county and thousands of homes and businesses being left without power.

Several areas, including Rathmore, Milltown, Glenbeigh, Caherciveen, Waterville and Dingle have been impacted by power cuts.

Motorists should be mindful of the likelihood of fallen trees, branches and power lines

Kerry County Council crews have responded to approximately 15 incidents of fallen trees on roads, particularly in south Kerry and in coastal areas.

All incidents which have been reported to the council have been cleared or are currently being dealt with and the local authority has asked motorists to be patient while impacted roads are cleared.

The Local Coordination Group has reminded members of the public that there remains a risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

There is also a significant risk of winds reaching violent storm force along exposed coastlines during the remainder of the day.

Kerry County Council has reiterated the following advice:

  • The public should avoid exposed coasts and high ground, until the weather warning has passed
  • Motorists should be mindful of falling debris, strong cross winds and the possibility of localised flooding in exposed areas
  • Property owners are advised to secure their property, particularly items like hoardings, signage and wheelie bins, to ensure that it does not pose a risk to others

Kerry County Council crews are 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 at 1850-372-999.

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