Storm in Ireland cuts power supply to under 60 000 households

Ireland has this week been hit by a storm that has resulted in power outages to nearly 60 000 households, British news portal The Guardian reports.
The weather event took place in the British Isles days after the final homes in the United Kingdom were reconnected after Storm Arwen, which caused severe damage to electricity networks mainly in north-east Scotland, affecting 135,000 properties.
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Over the night to Wednesday, December 8, the north-west of Ireland bore the brunt of the storm, and the severe weather was not expected to abate until Wednesday afternoon. Schools remained closed in 12 counties with electricity and water authorities working to restore supplies in the next 24 hours.
The EU country’s national weather forecast centre Met Éireann warned that Donegal county would experience severe or damaging gusts of 28 to 36 metres per second with locally stronger winds likely. «Owing to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected. Disruption to power and travel are likely,» the forecaster noted, as quoted by The Guardian.