Storm Eleanor: Heavy rain, floods cause damage on Ireland's west coast

Flooding on Fr Griffin Road in Galway City

Flooding on Fr Griffin Road in Galway City

The 2,700 customers who are still without electricity are mainly in counties Down and Armagh, according to NIE Networks.

There were 17 flood warnings and 126 flood alerts in place on Wednesday, prompting the Thames Barrier to be closed.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for the United Kingdom until 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Christened Storm Burglind in Germany, roofs were ripped from homes and transport was disrupted when the country was hit by gusts of more than 75mph (120kmph).

The Met Office has forecast further wind and rain tomorrow, with brighter spells for many parts in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, 15 flood warnings have been issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) for Wednesday, many covering Dumfries and Galloway.

A high tide was present on the River Lune last night (Tuesday) and the flood defences were tested on St George's Quay in Lancaster.

There's also a status yellow wind warning in place for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford until 2pm on Wednesday.

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Forecasters have also said temperatures are set to plummet over the weekend thanks to a cold snap.

In the British Isles, Ireland's west coast caught the brunt of the storm, with Galway hit by winds of up to 96mph (155kmph).

"As the unsettled weather continues, large waves combined with high tides could lead to coastal flooding over the next few days, particularly in the west and South West of England", said flood duty manager Neil Davies.

A woman takes cover from waves crashing against the seafront in Auderville, Normandy, as storm Eleanor hits the northern part of France on January 3, 2018.

Met Office forecaster, Paul Gundersen, said: "The unsettle theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the United Kingdom from the west as many return to work on Tuesday and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland". Trees, branches and other flying debris were reported as having brought down power lines and poles.

They included 55,000 properties in the Republic and 20,000 customers in Northern Ireland.

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, from Ireland's west coast to France, have been left without power as Storm Eleanor brings heavy rain and winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour.

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