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“Fatalities and Widespread Power Outages as Storm Isha Claims One Life and Leaves 325,000 Families in Darkness”

Dublin: Storm Isha has claimed one life and prompted widespread disruptions. Following the earlier orange alert, several counties are now under a red alert, while a yellow alert remains in place for Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, and Sligo. Dublin Airport has cancelled 148 flights, with 35 flights diverted, and disruptions expected to continue to Monday.

The storm’s impact has been particularly severe in Mayo, Donegal, Galway, Roscommon, and Kerry. The UK’s Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (Toro) has issued warnings for Ireland. Unfortunately, a tragic road accident in Claremorris, Mayo, resulted in the loss of a 40-year-old life.

Transport services in Galway and Mayo were canceled, with Bus Éireann set to resume on Monday. While Irish Rail services operated with speed restrictions, power outages left about 325,000 families and institutions without electricity. ESB PowerCheck is addressing troubleshooting, urging the public not to approach damaged power lines but to call 1800 372 999.

The storm caused significant damage to hundreds of buildings, downed trees, and disrupted public transport. The Met Office forecasts continued havoc, advising caution on coastal areas, especially in Galway’s Salt Hill. National and local media, including social platforms, provide crucial weather updates, emphasising the need to charge phones in anticipation of power outages and travel only when necessary.

The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management issued warnings at a National Emergency Coordination meeting. Coastal areas, especially those under a red alert, are to be avoided. Motorists are cautioned about road safety, with attention to the risk of falling trees and debris. The Road Safety Authority and emergency services underscore the importance of staying informed and vigilant.

In Northern Ireland, Storm Isha caused substantial damage, leaving thousands without electricity. The Northern Ireland Electricity Network reported 45,500 customers experiencing power outages. Although the cyclone has moved northeast, strong winds persist in the northwest. Additional crews have been deployed to address faults, and residents along the Irish coastline have been warned. The PSNI urges reporting non-emergencies online or via 101 due to the high volume of calls to the emergency 999 number.

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