Clare Escapes Major Damage During Storm Brian

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Clare seems to have escaped the brunt of Storm Brian as it makes its way across the country today.

Gusts of up to 100km per hour were recorded in some parts of the Banner County, while a number of trees came down on roads – and 165 households have been left without power.

Clare braced itself once more this morning for the arrival of Storm Brian just days after Storm Ophelia hit our shores.


A number of trees came down in the strong winds this morning with some temporary road closures in place, though Gardaí say all roads have been cleared now.

Killaloe Fire Brigade removed a fallen tree from the road in Tinerana, which left the Killaloe to Scarriff road closed for over an hour, while a number of smaller incidents in the area were also dealt with.

A fallen tree near Hurlers Cross was also removed by the local authority this morning.

There are also 165 households in the west of the county without power at the moment – in Kilkee and Carrigaholt.

It is not yet known when it’ll be restored.

Though the worst seems to have passed, with the eye of the storm now making its way across the Irish Sea, people are still being asked to avoid exposed coastal areas.

Waves of 12 feet in height have been reported in Lahinch, while seaweed has been thrown up onto the Killimer to Moneypoint Road so motorists are urged to be careful there.

However, the winds are due to pick up again in the afternoon.
As a precautionary measure, Clare County Council is urging land, home and business owners, particularly those in low lying coastal areas, to take steps in light of the heightened flood risk posed by a combination of strong gale to storm force winds, a large sea swell and high tides this evening.