Storm Brendan: Status orange weather warning extended to midnight in Galway

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Met Eireann has extended the Status Orange weather warning for Storm Brendan covering Galway to midnight tonight with renewed winds expected after conditions calmed in the early afternoon.

The weather warning for Storm Brendan was due to expire at 9pm tonight, but it has now been extended by three hours in Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, and Donegal.

The alert is still cautioning of sustained winds of up to 80km/hr and gusts reaching up to 130km/hr, strongest in coastal areas.

There is also still a risk of coastal flooding as the timeframe of the storm is expected to extend past the evening high tide at 7:08pm.

A second status orange alert has been cancelled and many southern counties are now covered by a status yellow warning which will expire at midnight.

Met Eireann no longer has any weather alerts in place for the east of the country or the midlands.

The city council is still advising people to be wary down at Salthill until after the high tide tonight.

The Promenade and car parks in Salthill were closed this morning in preparation for flooding on the morning tide.

No serious flooding occurred, but the car parks remain shut and council crews are continuing to monitor the situation.

Galway has so far escaped any serious damage from Storm Brendan, with little by the way of debris reported.

At the worst point earlier today there were over 7,500 homes and businesses without power, but ESB repair crews have been at work throughout the day and the majority of those have been fixed.