DAVID Farragher of Clarinbridge Garden Centre accesses the damage that was caused to his business after Storm Debi. Photo: Ray Ryan


North Galway homes and businesses left without electricity

OVER 4,000 homes, farms and businesses in the north Galway region lost power during the height of Storm Debi this week, when gusts of over 110kph battered the country in the early hours of Monday morning.

Galway County Council responded to 120 incidents in the aftermath of the storm, with Tuam Manager Derek Pender urging people to be patient as the clean up operation continues over the coming days.

Met Éireann issued a Status Red Wind warning for Clare, Galway, and Roscommon between 2am and 5am on Monday, but this was extended to 7am as the worst of the storm struck the region shortly after 5am.

A spokesperson for the ESB said the loss of power was due mainly to lightning and damage to overhead lines from fallen trees. He added that approximately 100,000 customers throughout the country were without power in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

Glenamaddy was the worst affected area locally, with over 2,000 customers losing power. A further 1,100 premises in Headford and over 1,000 in Tuam were also left without electricity…

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