Tens of thousands of homes were without power Tuesday in Ireland due a storm that swept the country, also causing disruptions in air and maritime transport.
The storm, dubbed “Barney” by meteorological authorities, damaged electrical wiring, temporarily depriving of power up to 45,000 homes. “Currently, 25,000 people are without electricity,” said Bernardine Maloney of BSE, the service responsible for providing the bulk of the country’s electricity, adding that the most affected areas were the South and the Midlands, in the center of Ireland.
“Many trees fell on the network and the return to normalcy will be slow,” she added. The Irish weather service Met Eireann had issued an alert on Tuesday, warning against winds up to 130 km / h. Many flights to the airports of Cork, Dublin and Shannon have been canceled, delayed or diverted. A number of ferries to and from Wales have also been canceled.
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