Storm Ophelia has hit the Shannonside region hard with thousands of homes without power, and dozens of routes across the region partially or fully blocked.
Ophelia passes northwards this evening a number of roads in county Longford are either partially or fully blocked due to fallen trees.
Some of the main roads affected are:
The N4 between Edgeworthstown and Rathowen and also on the N4 between Newtownforbes and Rooskey;
The N55 between Edgeworthstown and Granard;
The N63 between Longford and Lanesboro at Kilashee;
The R395 between Edgeworthstown and Castlepollard and
The R393 between Carrickboy and Ballycloghan.
It is unlikely that Longford County Council will be in a position to deal with these and all other blockages until early tomorrow (Tuesday) and they are asking the public to only travel if absolutely essential and to take all necessary precautions when travelling on roads over the coming days.
Longford County Council will continue to update their website in the coming hours and they are asking the public to contact them through the emergency number 1850 211525 or the following email [email protected]
Road blocked as trees are down and blocking road at Mackan Leitrim Village.
Roads blocked trees down at Canal Road Battlebridge and at Killashandra Road Ballinamore.
Leitrim Village Road at Liscarra in Carrick on Shannon partially blocked and road crews on way to location.
Traffic lights in Leitrim village are out.
Road blocked Trees down at Copper Still pub in Dromod. Road is closed.
Roads blocked trees down on roads at Hill St and at Lough Rynn in the Mohill area.
In Roscommon –
There are two roads completely blocked- there is a tree down at the Cooncuddy Bridge and there is also a tree down now at Raskins Pub.
The Roscommon-Athleague road is now down to one lane due to a fallen tree.
A tree is partially blocking to Williamstown Road out of Castlerea near the Railway Bridge
A tree is down and the road is totally blocked from Ballinagare to Castlerea road, three miles from Ballinagare on the castlerea side
There is a tree down on the Derrane road in Roscommon, and a tree down on the Castlestrange road
Number of trees down on the Boyle Road out of Roscommon, from Walsh’s garage to Roscommon Tow
Pedestrians are also being urged not to go outside until the storm has passed – there is some slates being blown off roofs and sheets of galvanised iron are coming loose due to high winds at the Roscommon mart.
Thousands of people tonight in this region are without power including thousands in Athlone, Longford and Carrick On- Shannon.
More details on those outages are available here