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The short, sharp impact of Storm Eunice

The impact of Storm Eunice in Ireland has been relatively short but sharp.

It was the eighth most disruptive storm to Ireland's electricity network out of 16 similarly disruptive storms since November 2015.

ESB said that 80,000 homes and premises had suffered electricity outages by midday today.

This is significantly below the 385,000 premises affected by Storm Ophelia in October 2017, by the most damaging storm in recent times.

The second most disruptive recent storm was Storm Ellen in August 2020, when 194,000 homes suffered electricity blackouts.

Storm Ali in September 2021 was the third most disruptive, impacting electricity supply to 186,000 households.

Storm Eunice now brings to just over 1.6 million the number of household electricity outages caused by named storms since November 2015.

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The Climate Crisis is expected to result in increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events and disruptive storms in the coming decades.

Many are fearful that the level and frequency of electricity disruption caused by storms like Eunice will continue to grow unless the electricity distribution infrastructure, which mainly relies on wooden electricity poles erected throughout rural Ireland, can be significantly strengthened and made more secure.

The following is a list of the named storms and the number of electricity customers affected by each storm over the past six-and-a-half years:

Oct 2017: Storm Ophelia - 385,000 customers affected

Aug 2020: Ellen - 194,000 customers

Sept 2018: Ali - 186,000 customers

Jan 2018: Eleanor - 150,000 customers

June 2018: Hector - 145,000 customers

Jan 2018: Emma - 117,000 customers

Jan 2020: Brendan - 100,000 customers

Feb 2022: Eunice - 80,000 customers

Oct 2018: Callum - 60,000 customers

Dec 2021: Barra - 59,000 customers

Nov 2015: Barney - 45,000 customers

Apr 2019: Hannah - 33,000 customers

Nov 2019: Diana - 19,000 customers

Dec 2015: Desmond - 14,000 customers

Dec 2015: Frank - 13,000 customers

Oct 2019: Lorenzo - 12,000 customers

Cork windiest county in Storm Eunice

Coastal areas in Co Cork suffered the biggest impacts from Storm Eunice, according to the data from the 25 synoptic weather stations, which is updated every hour on the Met Éireann website.

Roches Point in Cork was the windiest location in the country, with gusts as high as 137km/h and sustained wind speeds of 93km/h at 9am this morning.

Sherkin Island weather station, also in Cork, was the second windiest spot with gusts hitting 117km/h at 8am and sustained wind speeds of 80km/h.

The third windiest location was Mace Head in Connemara, which registered gusts of up to 117km/h and sustained winds speeds of 78km/h.

Wind gusts in the capital, Dublin, reached a high of 100km/h at Dublin Airport at 11am.

Top ten windiest spots:

Roches Point, Cork: 137km/h (peak gust) 93km/h (peak wind speed)

Sherkin Island, Cork: 117km/h - 80km/h

Mace Head, Galway: 113km/h - 78km/h

Cork Airport: 111km/h - 67km/h

Shannon, Clare: 106km/h - 52km/h

Johnstown Castle, Wexford: 102km/h - 61km/h

Dublin Airport: 100km/h - 69km/h

Valentia, Kerry 100km/h - 63km/h

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