OMG! Storm Eleanor Causes Flood Damage on Ireland’s West Coast

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People view large waves and high winds associated with Storm Eleanor as they hit the lighthouse and seawall at Porthcawl
People view large waves and high winds associated with Storm Eleanor as they hit the lighthouse and seawall at Porthcawl in south Wales, Britain January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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GALWAY (Reuters)

Homes and business on Ireland’s west coast suffered flood damage and 27,000 were still without electricity on Wednesday after Storm Eleanor brought heavy rain and winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour

The storm hit Ireland’s fourth largest city, Galway, particularly hard as high tides late on Tuesday forced road closures and wreaked havoc for shop owners.

 

A car drives along a flooded road in New Brighton, on the coast of the Wirral peninsula, in Merseyside
A car drives along a flooded road in New Brighton, on the coast of the Wirral peninsula, in Merseyside, Britain, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

 

Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said at one stage on Tuesday 150,000 homes and business were without electricity.

“We’re really hopeful, given that it’s the last week of a lot of people’s Christmas holidays, that we will have power back to pretty much everybody by tonight,” Derek Hynes, Operations Manager for ESB, told national broadcaster RTE.

 

People view large waves and high winds associated with Storm Eleanor as they hit the lighthouse and seawall at Porthcawl
People view large waves and high winds associated with Storm Eleanor as they hit the lighthouse and seawall at Porthcawl in south Wales, Britain January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

 

The weather service‘s second highest level of alert remained in place for the west and northwest of the country. Met Eireann said a combination of high tides and exceptionally high seas would result in coastal damage and further flooding.

 

A car drives along a flooded road in New Brighton, on the coast of the Wirral peninsula, in Merseyside
A car drives along a flooded road in New Brighton, on the coast of the Wirral peninsula, in Merseyside, Britain, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

 

Three people died in October when Tropical Storm Ophelia battered every corner of Ireland, bringing down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre (30-foot) waves.

 

(Writing by Padraic Halpin in Dublin; editing by Stephen Addison)

 

 

As Storm Eleanor batters parts of Britain and Ireland, people arrive for work in the financial district of London
As Storm Eleanor batters parts of Britain and Ireland, people arrive for work in the financial district of London, Britain, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

 

A car drives along a flooded road in New Brighton, on the coast of the Wirral peninsula, in Merseyside
A car drives along a flooded road in New Brighton, on the coast of the Wirral peninsula, in Merseyside, Britain, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

 

Handout photo of bins pushed around by strong winds in Paris
Bins are pushed around by strong winds in Paris, France, in this handout picture taken January 3, 2018. Mandatory credit. Romuald/Handout via REUTERS

 

Flood water is seen at a doorway in a multi-storEy car park as flood waters reached up to 1.5 meters and destroyed multiple cars, in Galway
Flood water is seen at a doorway in a multi-storEy car park as flood waters reached up to 1.5 meters and destroyed multiple cars, in Galway, Ireland January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

 

A warning sign for high winds is seen on the motorway in Dublin
A warning sign for high winds is seen on the motorway in Dublin, Ireland January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

 

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