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Storm Kathleen ‘take care’ alert as gusts damage building at shopping centre

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EMERGENCY services in Cork were called into action after a building was damaged by ferocious winds brought by Storm Kathleen.

An urgent “take care” alert was issued to the public as damage was down to a building at the popular Blackpool shopping centre in Cork.

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Storm Kathleen caused damage to a shopping centre in Cork
The incident happened at the popular shopping destination in Blackpool, Cork

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The incident happened at the popular shopping destination in Blackpool, Cork
The country was battered by stormy conditions

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The country was battered by stormy conditionsCredit: 2024 PA Media, All Rights Reserved

The issue was announced by @Corksafetyalert on X, who said: “Emergency services are currently dealing with a damaged building near Blackpool Retail Park/Blackpool Shopping Centre.

“Take care on approach.”

The west of Ireland has borne the brunt of the wild gusts, with emergency crews in Cork and Kerry dealing with “a number of incidents”.

Tens of thousands of houses have been left without power, with the majority of them in Cork, Kerry, Galway, and Mayo.

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ESB Networks have confirmed that crews are working in the areas where it is safe to do so, and hope to have electricity restored by tonight.

A status orange wind for Galway and Mayo kicked in at 9am this morning and was lifted at 6pm.

But Donegal, Mayo, and West Galway will be back under the same warning from 8pm tonight until 4pm tomorrow.

Waterford and Wexford are also under a wind warning from 4am until 7am tomorrow.

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The alerts came after Met Eireann warned of “gale force southerly winds, with some severe and damaging gusts.”

Alongside power shortages, the ferocious storm has caused dozens of flights to be delayed.

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Dublin Airport confirmed today that they are “open and operational”, but warned holidaymakers to check for updates before heading for the airport.

They said: “It’s windy, but the early wave of departures and arrivals has moved well.

“As always, passengers flying today are advised to check with their airline directly for updates regarding specific flights.”

The raging storm has seen flights to Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Manchester cancelled today.

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A spokesperson for Aer Lingus said: ” We continue to monitor the situation and will update customers via our website.”

Emergency services around the country remain on high alert following a string of incidents including flooding and fallen trees.

Dublin Fire Brigade today shared a picture of a trampoline carried off in the gale, and warned people to lock down loose objects.

They said: “Secure any loose objects in your garden. Ensure trampolines are anchored to the ground.”

“If you’re driving, reduce your speed and drive to the conditions.”

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