Storms cause damage across the country

Friday 01 February 2002 22.19
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Cork City
Cork City
ESB, restores power to most homes across the country
ESB, restores power to most homes across the country

Dublin City Centre was affected by flooding caused by the severe weather conditions. The seas breached the sea walls at Sandymount, and the East Link Bridge was closed for a time earlier today.

Iarnroid Eireann says the rail line between Greystones and Wicklow has now been re-opened and and its other services are operating normally. Dublin Bus and Dart services are also back to normal but Bus Eireann services are still subject to delays

Over 700 homes in Dublin are still without electricity and will not have power until the morning. These are in the Eastwall/Ringsend and North Strand areas.Power has been restored to 300 homes affected in Fermoy and Enniscorthy.

Extensive coastal flooding at the height of this morning's storm also caused havoc. This was caused by an unusual combination of high tides and gale-force winds.

Emergency crews helped to free a number of people trapped in cars on the Lee Road, Carrigrohane Road and Ballincollig areas leading out of Cork City this evening. Cork City itself remains relatively clear of flooding.

Off Galway high seas persist but this morning's atrocious conditions have not been repeated.