Clean-up after storm begins across Co Donegal

ESB crews were last night working to restore electricity to thousands of homes after 25,000 people were left without power by fierce storms that lashed the country.

Power lines across the country were brought down by falling trees in winds of up to 144kmh.

Response crews are expected to reconnect the last affected customers this morning after the high winds and rain abated last night.

The worst affected areas were in the north west where an estimated 14,000 people lost power in Co Donegal.

The wind was at its highest at around 1pm. It battered sections of the coast for much of yesterday morning.

Fallen trees were reported across Co Donegal, causing a number of incidents on the county's roads. A 40ft container lorry was blown on to its side on the road between Dungloe and Doochary but the driver escaped without injury.

A spokesman for Met Eireann said the winds would die down greatly today with a few scattered showers across the country.

The ESB is warning people not to go near fallen power lines or poles and to report any outages to freephone 1850 372999