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Homes without power following Storm Dennis

Signs above several businesses on Gilnahirk Road were blown down during Storm Dennis. Business owners inspect the damage. Picture by Cliff Donaldson
By Michael McHugh, PA

AROUND 8,000 homes, farms and businesses were without power as Storm Dennis brought strong winds to some coastal areas in the Republic.

Forecaster Met Eireann predicted a risk of seaside flooding with high waves amid gusts of up to 120km/h and ESB said at one point on Sunday afternoon there were 18,000 premises without electricity.

Fields in the Bundoran area of Co Donegal flooded when the River Drowes burst its banks.

A wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

A Status Yellow wind warning, covering the entire country, was withdrawn by forecasters on Sunday afternoon.

Police urged road users to show caution. There were some reports of trees fallen.

In Northern Ireland, the Foyle bridge in Derry was closed to high-sided traffic amid strengthening winds.

Part of a carriageway near Carrickfergus in Co Antrim was flooded.

In east Belfast, bricks from some shopfronts collapsed during the high winds.

Nobody was hurt by the falling debris in Gilnahirk and one of the business owners, Aidan Murphy told the BBC "someone could have been killed with that level of damage coming down from the top of the shops".

"It looks like we probably won't be open next week. It'll be a case of calling the landlord and calling the insurers and see what happens after that."

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