Council Crews Responded To 15 Incidents Of Fallen Trees Around County

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THE Kerry Local Coordination Group met this afternoon to continue to coordinate the response to Storm Brendan and the Status Orange wind warning for Kerry which is in effect until 9.00pm.

Kerry County Council crews have responded to approximately 15 incidents of fallen trees on roads, particularly in the south Kerry area and in coastal areas.

All incidents which have been reported to the council have been cleared or are currently being dealt with. The council asks motorists to be patient while impacted roads are cleared.

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Meanwhile there are 8,400 homes and businesses in Kerry still without power as a result of Storm Brendan, with around 5,000 of these in the south of the county. Some homes in Ballymac and Farranfore have also been affected.

The Local Coordination Group reminds members of the public that there remains a risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge. There is also a risk of winds reaching violent storm force along exposed coastlines during the remainder of the day.

Kerry County Council has reiterated the following advice to the general public:

• The public should avoid exposed coasts and high ground, until the Orange weather warning has passed
• Motorists should be mindful of falling debris, strong cross winds and the possibility of localised flooding in exposed areas
• Property owners are advised to secure their property (hoardings, signage, wheelie bins etc.) to ensure that it does not pose a risk to others

Kerry County Council crews are on standby to respond to any issues which arise, and emergencies can be reported to a dedicated emergency line on 066 7183588

Power outages should be reported to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999. Further updates will be provided on local and social media and on the council’s website

Meanwhile the 1.15pm flight from Dublin to Kerry and the 1.45pm flight from Kerry to Dublin have been cancelled due to the Orange Weather Status. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for more details.

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