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04 Oct 2022

Watch: Storm Franklin hits Donegal

Over 1,500 Ballyshannon customers without electricity as Orange wind alert continues

This was the scene at Bundoran's main beach area last night as it dealt with Storm Franklin and an orange alert wind warning from Met Éireann.

Conditions were quite dangerous throughout the night and half the town remained in darkness after an earlier electricity outage on Sunday evening, before power was later restored.

The orange weather alert for wind continues throughout the night until 7am on Monday morning. In the past number of days the county has felt the brunt of Storms Dudley and Eunice, but this has been the most destructive storm to date.

All primary road routes in the county have been gritted since 6pm this evening and they are expected to be out again first thing in the morning, as soon as the weather becomes safer.

Just before midnight in Ballyshannon, 254 customers were reported to be without electricity with an estimated restore time of 6am on Monday morning. This was later extended to 3pm on Monday afternoon.

And then, just after 1am, a further 1,432 households in the Ballyshannon area were said to be without electricity and it was hoped that repairs would be carried out by 7.45am on Monday morning. This was again later extended to 3pm on Monday afternoon.

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