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Almost 600 Without Power In Naas And Reports Of Trees Down Across The County

: 10/12/2018 - 07:45

30 thousand homes and businesses are without power this morning after Storm Callum hit the country with high winds and flooding overnight.

A Status Orange Weather alert is in effect in coastal counties right around the country as damaging gusts of up to 130 kilometres an hour sweep in from the Atlantic.

A status yellow wind warning remains in place in Kildare with south to southeast winds to gust to between 90 and 110 km/h.

The storm is expected to track northwards as the day goes on, with warnings in the west and north remaining until early this evening.

559 people are without power in Naas in the Broadfield Rathasker area. ESB says it's not yet know when power will be restored.

The ESB expects the number of power outages to go up.

A tree is blocking the road from Dunlavin to Naas near the narrow bridge, and a fallen tree outside Confey GAA Club has just been cleared.

Kildare County Council's response teams are engaged in a post-Storm Callum clean up this morning.

KCC's Severe Weather Assessment Team convened yesterday, before a Status Yellow overnight weather warning went live in the county.

KCC's teams include roads, water, fire, civil defence; all were put on stand-by overnight.

The Peter McVerry Trust, on behalf of Kildare County Council , also activated it Cold Weather Initiative, to provide shelter for people sleeping rough



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