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December 7th, 2021 7:13 AM

By Southern Star Team

Spanish Trawler. the "Nuevo Laredo" getting up close and personal as she rides out the storm here at Ardnatrush, Bantry Bay. Photo: Charl Bester

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Updated 8/12/21 @ 09:03

There is still a disruption to the water supply for customers in Eyeries, Ardgroom, Crostera, Drinagh, Johnstown, Kilcrohane, Knockburden, Terelton and Whiddy Island, Blarney/Tower, Carrigtowhill and Clondrohid due to ESB outages and burst mains; some of which were caused by Storm Barra.

Updated 17:50

The Department of Education has said that schools in red or orange alert counties are to remained closed for a second day. This includes schools in Cork, Limerick, Clare, Waterford, Kerry, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo and Wexford.

Updated 14:38

Customers in Drinagh, Crostera, Whiddy Island, Carrigtwohill, Blarney, Tower, Clondrohid and surrounding areas may experience disruption to their water supply todaydue to ESB outages and burst mains; some of which were caused by Storm Barra.

Customers in these areas may experience low water pressure and/or outages today, until the storm passes and crews can access plants and mains safely to begin repair works. 

Customers in the Eyeries and Ardgroom areas will also be without water from this afternoon when storage of treated water is depleted due to power disruption at the Glenbeg Water Treatment Plant.

Updated 14:00

Check out this #StormBarra #TikTok video from Bantry resident Catherine Wharton. Stay safe out their folks and be careful with your trampolines!

@catherinewharton69##fyp ##storm ##barra ##stormbarra ##trampolineflying ##festivefashion ##awaydays ##festivefashion ##trend ##barrathings♬ Oh no, oh no, oh no, no no - Hip Hop

Updated 13:48

This incredible footage was taken from inside Fastnet Lighthouse this morning during Storm Barra.

Updated 11:40

Trees down on the Bandon-Enniskeane road, 15m after the waterworks junction. Left hand side of the road headed west, crossing to other side of the road.

Updated 11:14

Brilliant photo by Karlis Dzjamko of an Irish Naval vessel sheltering in Bantry Bay from #StormBarra.

Updated 10:21

Tree down in Clonakilty town centre near the Community College car park.  No serious damage or any injuries reported as a result. Photo: Pat Harte.

Updated 10:16

Thanks to Édaín O Donnell who sent us this video from Ring, Clonakilty this morning.

Updated 09:50

Listen to those gusts! #StormBarra

Updated 09:47

Bantry Fire Brigade reporting on Twitter that flooding has been cleared and that the crew are back in the station. Great job everyone!

Updated 09:45

About 20 properties in Bantry were partially flooded at 6am this morning in the opening hours of Storm Barra. Read Jackie Keogh's full report from Bantry here.

Updated 09:35

Lovely gesture from Bantry business Organico this morning:

Updated 09:29

These photos by Andy Gibson show some of the flooding affecting Bantry this morning as a result of #StormBarra

Bantry town flooded this morning during Storm Barra. Picture: Andy Gibson.

Photo: Andy Gibson

Updated 09:06

One Bantry business owner, Bantry Yarns, saying they have suffered only minor damage as a result of #StormBarra flooding.

Cork County Council and Bantry Fire Brigade work to prevent flooding in the town this morning. Credit: Karlis Dzjamko

Updated 09:03

Fishing boats take shelter in Bantry Bay to avoid #StormBarra

Updated 08:53

• Wave height of 7.9m recorded at Buoy M3. Gusts of 113 km/h in #Sherkin at 06:00 and 135 km/h at #Fastnet at 08:45. #StormBarra #westcork

• An Post cancel all services today

Updated 08:41

Over 1,000 ESB customers without power in greater Macroom area

Updated 08:22

C103's JP McNamara is reporting that trees are down on the road between Castletownbere and Eyeries making it difficult to pass.

Updated 08:19

Power outages have been reported in several areas across the region, with a reported 12,000 homes without power nationwide. Check out powercheck.esbnetworks.ie/index.html for live details.

Updated 08:17

Sherkin Island gusting to 115kmh now with sustained winds of 81kmh which brings it into the red warning criteria. #StormBarra

Updated 08:15

Updated 08:11

The road between Innishannon to Kilmacsimon is impassable due to flooding. Please avoid the area. #StormBarra

Updated at 07:32

Updated 07:24

Updated at 07:13

• Pumping operations are currently underway in Bantry town centre by Bantry Fire Brigade, who are assisting Cork County Council

Pumping underway this morning in Bantry. (Photo: Bantry Fire Brigade Twitter)

• Storm Barra made landfall just after 6am. Sherkin Island recorded a gust of 113 km/h in the last hour, along with a gust of 98 km/h at Rochs Point according to Met Éireann.

• The public are reminded that all of Cork’s Council facilities will be closed during today’s Red Warning with services curtailed to respond to any life-threatening or critical incidents. Issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage should be reported to the Council’s Emergency Out of Hours number 021 4800048. Other useful numbers are: ESB Networks: 1850 372 999 (have your MPRN number to hand);  Gas Networks Ireland: 1850 20 50 50;  South Doc: 1850 335 999.

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