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Severe Damage Across Ireland as Storm Gerrit Hits: Homes and Businesses Affected…..

Dublin: Ireland witnessed widespread destruction as Storm Gerrit wreaked havoc in various regions. Counties Kerry, Waterford, and Wexford bore the brunt of the storm, experiencing power outages in hundreds of homes and businesses due to mass tree falls and disruptions in the power supply network. The relentless winds resulted in numerous uprooted trees, causing considerable damage.

In Waterford City, a 40-year-old taxi driver sustained injuries when a tree fell on his vehicle around 11 p.m. He was promptly admitted to Waterford University Hospital. Gabriel Hynes, senior engineer of the county council, reported that ten trees were uprooted in Waterford alone.

Areas such as Clonard in Wexford, Killinick, Baileys Town, and Kilflynn in Kerry faced power outages affecting homes and businesses in Carrigshane areas. Authorities issued caution to the public, emphasising the potential hazards posed by fallen trees, branches, and debris on the roads.

The Climate Management Team of Waterford City and County Council convened to assess the situation and escalated rescue operations in response to the storm’s impact.

While Cork avoided major incidents, 13 trees were uprooted in various locations, accompanied by heavy rain causing spot flooding. Although water levels in rivers were elevated, there is currently no cause for panic. As a precaution, barricades have been installed in Mallow and Fermoy.

An orange alert was issued for Waterford, Clare, Cork, Kerry, and Wexford counties ahead of the storm, with a nationwide yellow alert. Clare, Kerry, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, and Sligo counties remain under alert until 6 a.m.

The Meteorological Service warned of potential coastal flooding due to spring tides, large waves, and strong winds. Additionally, a yellow thunderstorm warning is in effect for Connacht, Munster, and Donegal. The situation continues to be monitored closely.

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