Storm Agnes damages buildings, floods and blocks roads across Ireland

Storm Agnes, the first named storm of the season, lashed the UK's coastline - ITV News North of England Reporter Amy Welch has more

Storm Agnes caused damage to buildings, power outages and travel disruption as heavy winds and rain battered the island of Ireland.

A roof was blown off a building in Co Cork and a woman had to be rescued from her car in Co Londonderry as a result of flooding.

The Republic and Northern Ireland saw travel disruption, with fallen trees blocking roads and flights and ferries also affected.

Meanwhile, National Grid reported that hundreds of homes in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly suffered power outages as a result of the heavy wind.

Most homes were reconnected by Wednesday evening, after the storm brought gusts of more than 60mph to the south-west of England.

The Met Office warned that, while Storm Agnes has cleared away to the northeast, there will be strong winds overnight on Wednesday and across the north and west on Thursday.

In Draperstown, Co Derry, a woman was rescued from her car after it was trapped by floodwater.

Waves at high tide in Tramore in County Waterford. Credit: PA

When fire crews from Maghera and Magherafelt arrived at the scene, the car was submerged in the River Moyola.

A firefighter broke a rear window of the car and brought the driver out onto the roof. They walked over a ladder to safety shortly before the car was fully submerged in the river.

The Northern Ireland Fire Service (NIFRS) advised motorists not to attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords during the storm, and not to travel in heavy rain unless absolutely necessary.

How did the weather impact each area?

From Land's End to John O'Groats an extensive yellow weather warning for "strong and potentially disruptive" winds on the west side of the UK was in force. The alert came into effect from midday and ended on Thursday at 7am.

A further two yellow rain warnings - lasting between 3pm on Wednesday to 3am on Thursday - had been issued in Scotland, one of which stretches from the west coast to Aberdeen.

A separate rain alert covering much of Northern Ireland was also in place from 11am to 8pm on Wednesday.

Footage caught flights making their way into Belfast City Airport battling against the wind on their way down to the runway. Dublin airport said it is operating normally, but had received a number of flights that had been diverted from Kerry Airport.

Cork airport experienced some delays and cancellations, and a spokesperson from Belfast City airport said disruption to schedules across the UK due to the weather is “likely”.

While Storm Agnes was not expected to bring bad weather to the South East, its impact will be felt. According to the Met Office, the winds from the south will bring warm temperatures that are up to five degrees hotter than is normal at this time of year.

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