Thousands of farms and homes still without power after Storm Eleanor

Kildare Status Orange alert Windy afternoon in store as Storm Eleanor to hit county

Storm Eleanor is on its way

The ESB has managed to restore power to the majority of homes despite hard weather conditions, as a status orange and yellow wind warning was still in place until 2pm on Wednesday.

An amber warning was also issued for parts of the Republic of Ireland as well.

Almost 200 flood alerts and warnings were issued by the Environment Agency, with many in coastal areas such as Cornwall where sea walls collapsed in Bude and Portreath and dozens of homes were flooded.

Flood alerts are in place for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Caithness and Sutherland, Easter Ross and the Great Glen and parts of Moray and Speyside.

North West Motorway Police tweeted: "For those of you heading out to work this morning (Wednesday), be mindful of strong winds across the region especially around exposed areas, sudden gusts are making driving conditions unsafe, please use extra care and drive accordingly".

A yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office covering most of the region and half the United Kingdom is in place until 7pm tonight (January 3).

Wind speeds of up to 100mph were recorded at the height of the storm, which has blocked dozens of roads and left thousands of homes without power. Flying debris could lead to injuries or danger to life whilst some damage to buildings is likely.

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

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

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "All the warnings have now expired for wind, which is good news".

A major clean-up operation is underway in Galway this morning after flooding devastated much of the city centre.

Temperatures are also expected to plummet due to Storm Eleanor.

Storm Eleanor, which blew in to the county from the Irish Sea with gusts of up to 70mph on Tuesday night, crashed huge waves into Aberystwyth promenade, battering the Ceredigion coast at high tide.

More than 20,000 customers in Northern Ireland lost their electricity supply but power has now been restored to all but about 2,700 homes and business.

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