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CO CLARE has avoided major damage from Storm Eunice.

Apart from fallen trees and felled wires, the county has emerged unscathed from the Red Weather warning, the second such alert issued for Clare by Met Éireann in ten weeks. Gusts of 106 kilometres per hour were recorded in Shannon.

Scariff and Kilmurry McMahon were among the areas where fallen trees impacted on accessibility for motorists.

Power outages have been notified to the ESB in Tulla where 37 customers are affected. A total of 236 customers are impacted by outages in Kilkee. Power was restored to areas of the Burren early on Friday morning following a brief outage.

Members of the public have been urged to stay away from coastal areas with motorists advised to take caution with debris still to be removed from sections of road by Clare County Council. It’s winter maintenance crew along with emergency services had been on standby last night.

Bus Éireann suspended services for a time due to Storm Eunice with Bank of Ireland not reopening branches until 11am.

Nandi O’Sullivan, Head of Communications with Shannon Group confirmed that a Ryanair Birmingham flight (FR3470) due to depart Shannon at 7.40am was delayed. “We will continue to monitor the impact of Storm Eunice and advise intending passengers to check with their airline directly for the most up-to-date flight information,” she added.

All outpatient appointments and elective procedures at Ennis Hospital were cancelled by UL Hospitals Group.

HSE Mid West Community Healthcare cancelled all scheduled appointments for Friday with services to resume on Saturday. This impacted on mental health, older persons and primary care services.

COVID-19 testing has resumed in Ennis by appointment at Community Testing Centre.


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