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Storm Eva: 4,500 Republic of Ireland homes without power

Homes in Republic of Ireland hit by widespread power outages Credit: PA

Thousands of homes in the Republic of Ireland have been left without power as Storm Eva sweeps its way across the country.

Electricity provider ESB Networks confirmed it had received reports of 4,500 homes which had experienced power outages.

The power outages came as forecasters predicted that heavy rain and strong gusts of wind would sweep across the UK starting early on Wednesday evening.

Storm Eva 'knocks out power' to Irish homes

Storm Eva has reportedly "knocked out" the power supply to homes across Ireland as it brought high wind speeds sweeping across the country.

According to the Achill Coast Guard, areas including the coastal town of Belmullet in County Mayo, were affected by the power outages:

Energy company ESB is also reporting on its power check website that almost 500 customers have been affected by power outages since shortly after 5pm.

Fresh flooding takes flood victims 'back to square one'

Fresh flooding has taken flood victims "back to square one" as they deal with the aftermath of the River Eden bursting its banks once again amid fears that more rain is on the way.

Residents living in Cumbria were affected by fast rising waters yesterday, just weeks after Storm Desmond devastated the region, and now the Met office has issued weather warnings for the region over the Christmas period as Storm Eva now threatens yet more floods.

ITV News Correspondent Peter Smith reports:


Flood hit areas brace for more rain as weather warning issued

Flood hit areas are bracing for further rain after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning ahead of the Christmas.

An amber warning is in place for Boxing Day across parts of Cumbria, an area hit by flooding three times in the last fortnight, with heavy rain and gale force winds expected.

Nearly £3.5m raised to help Cumbria flood victims

The River Eden burst its banks, causing flooding in Appleby Credit: JustGiving/Cumbria Community Foundation

An emergency appeal to raise funds for Cumbria's flood victims has raised almost £3.5m.

Set up in the wake of Storm Desmond, the appeal aims to raise funds to assist individuals and families whose homes suffered "significant structural damage or flooding" as floods and storms swept across the country at the beginning of December.

A spokesman for the Cumbria Community Foundation, who set up the appeal, said: "We're blown away by the generosity of not only businesses that have donated but the tremendous support from people across the whole UK that have helped us raise £3.5 million. We're expecting to hit £5 million soon."

The appeal to help those affected by the flooding has already raised almost £3.5m Credit: JustGiving/ Cumbria Community Foundation

Money raised will be spent on helping with the clean up in the wake of the flooding, carrying out emergency repairs, and providing clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, child care equipment and basic furniture.

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Environment Agency unveils its preparations for the oncoming Storm Eva

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The Environment Agency has announced it has taken extra precautions ahead of the oncoming Storm Eva.

This includes transporting 20 extra water pumps and two kilometres of temporary flood barriers.

Paul Mustow, Deputy Director in Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency, said:

The Environment Agency is also preparing for the possibility of further unsettled weather from Christmas Day into Boxing Day. More rain is forecast and this could lead to some disruption. In addition to Cumbria’s existing flood defences, the Environment Agency has transported over two kilometers of temporary flood barriers and more than 20 extra pumps to the north of England. Four of these are high volume pumps capable of moving 1,000 litres of water per second (one metric tonne, or 219 gallons of water per second).

– Paul Mustow
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