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Homes without power and trees felled as Storm Eleanor hits Huntingdonshire

Homes without power and trees felled as Storm Eleanor hits Huntingdonshire

Strong and very gusty westerly winds will continue today; further damaging gusts are possible, Met Eireann added.

The Severn River Crossing and the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk were closed in the early hours due to strong winds. Water was more than one foot deep in places.

A lightening strike left hundreds of homes in the Cratloe, Barefield, Corofin, Ennis, Broadford, Spanish Point and Miltown Malbay areas without power overnight and all but 88 have had power restored. Severe weather warning has been issued for Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, especially after the chaos Storm Eleanor caused around the region.

Met Office deputy forecaster, Dan Harris, warned that next weekend could see the return of cold and frosty conditions, particularly in the north.

Galway Bay fm newsroom - Met Éireann is warning that risky conditions and more coastal flooding is likely in the wake of Storm Eleanor as a Status Orange wind warning remains in place until 2 this afternoon.

"It is likely that some coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities exposed to these winds will be affected by spray and/or large waves".

Junior Minister and Galway West T.D, Seán Kyne says the Defence Forces have been deployed since last night and are working with council staff to tackle flooding.

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"We urge people to stay safe on the coast, take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take "storm selfies". Trees, branches and other flying debris were reported as having brought down power lines and poles.

Disruption was forecast throughout today as the storm swept across the country overnight carrying heavy rain, hail and dramatic thunder and lightning.

The risky winds have now wreaked havoc and caused damage on the coast.

It said Eleanor could bring winds up to 80 miles per hour, which could disrupt transport, power supplies and cause flying debris.

Temperatures are also expected to plummet due to Storm Eleanor.

Around 55,000 properties were without power in the Republic of Ireland and 20,000 in Northern Ireland, the Press Association reported.