October 18, 2021

STORM BRENDAN AFTERMATH: Holiday homes destroyed, thousands still without power, roads closed … and missing hats

Emergency services in Waterford have been working non-stop to restore power and re-open roads blocked by fallen trees in the aftermath of the short-lived but very powerful Storm Brendan.

More than 2,000 homes around the county remain without power this evening as ESB Networks battle to return power to Waterford homes before the next wave of Storm Brendan hits.

ESB crews are battlingto restore power to 2,250 homes in Rathgormack, Clonea Power, Tickincor, Kilmacthomas, Lemybrien, Bonmahon and Spring, near Dungarvan, where 1,300 homes remain without power. Efforts have been hampered by trees falling on the overhead lines in some areas.

A Status Yellow weather warning will remain in place in Waterford until 8pm. Waterford was battered by winds of up to 113kph when Storm Brendan hit shortly before 12pm.

Waterford City and County Council are dealing with over a dozen reports of trees that were felled by the storm across the county, in Rathgormack, Fenor, Tickincor, Ballyduff and Ardmore.

Several roads were closed as council crews rushed to remove the fallen trees, including the N24 Waterford to Limerick and outside Carrick-on-Suir.

The road between Rathgormack and Clonmel was also temporarily closed.

Others had a lucky escape in Tramore where the roof was ripped off a holiday home down by the strand and was only saved from going out onto the road by the boundary wall.

Meanwhile, the storm was also playing havoc with some of Ireland’s hardy news presenters as they battled the elements to keep the public informed of Storm Brendan’s progress. Virgin Media’s Zara King will have to replace her hat, which was ripped off by the wind on Tramore’s Prom during the height of the storm. (second clip from 30 secs)

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