Storm Debi wreaks havoc

A tree down near Castlerea after Storm Debi. Pic: Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice Facebook

Thousands of homes and businesses across County Roscommon are without power after Storm Debi brought winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour to large parts of the country in the early hours of the morning.

Large parts of County Roscommon were badly affected by power outages including Boyle, Elphin, and parts of West and South Roscommon. Certain areas of Roscommon Town were also affected with outages forcing some businesses to close earlier today.

Schools in all parts of the county delayed their opening until 10 am to ensure safer travelling conditions, with some schools closing for the day such as Roscommon CBS and Abbey College in Boyle.

Roads around the county were also badly affected by Storm Debi with road closures being reported in many parts earlier this morning. Roscommon County Council have been working hard to clear the fallen trees and debris to reduce the amount of disruption to road users. The main Athleague-Roscommon road was closed due to a fallen tree but has now re-opened, as have many of the roads, but it is advised to check with local authorities if you have any concerns.

The red weather warning was issued Sunday afternoon for Roscommon and East Galway and was originally from 2 am to 5am but that was extended to 7 am overnight.

A yellow warning for every county in Ireland came into effect at midnight and is due to remain until 3 pm this afternoon.