Storm Franklin batters Northern Ireland damaging businesses and leaving homes without power

  • Watch: UTV Correspondent Mark McFadden reports from the North West

Homes and businesses across Northern Ireland have been left battered by Storm Franklin with flooding and power outages.

At the peak of the disruption, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said there were 10,000 homes without power amid the third named storm to hit the region within days.

By Monday evening, there were still hundreds waiting for their supply to be restored.

In the Republic of Ireland, more than 30,000 homes and businesses were without power on Monday morning.

By evening, some 9,000 were still waiting for supply restoration.

  • Watch: NIE Engineers were out in force restoring power to homes - this was the scene near Bangor, Co Down:

Winds of up to 76mph were recorded overnight in Magilligan in Co Londonderry.

Meanwhile, Met Éireann said gusts of more than 130kph were recorded in Co Galway and Co Donegal.

In Great Britain, the storm sparked evacuations in some areas as well as morning rush hour travel chaos.

Heavy rain also caused flooding with over 300 incidents recorded UK-wide.

In Northern Ireland, and as well as damaging electricity supplies, the strong winds also caused huge waves - particularly evident at Portstewart seafront.

  • Watch: Strong winds on the North Coast caused seafoam to run onto the road towards Portstewart Strand:

Stevie McCarry owns Native Seafood which has been left devastated by flood water.

"There's no sea defences round here. It doesn't work when it gets like this. We'll get wetsuits on and we'll go in and see what the damage is," Stevie said.

"At the minute, the foam is at least up to rib cage height and the water is up to our knees."

Sean McCarry from the Community Rescue Service has urged people to take care.

"You need to be really careful out there. You need to be really careful where you are and stay back, even if you want a good photograph," he said.

"The sea is dangerous. The rivers are dangerous - the high flood in the rivers at the moment and the danger of flying objects all over the place."

The PSNI also described “widespread disruption on the roads”.

“Motorists are advised to exercise caution as high winds and rain can make driving conditions difficult,” a spokesperson said.

Weather warnings have since expired, but conditions are expected to remain unsettled throughout much of the week ahead.

Trees blown down in the Mid Ulster area by Storm Franklin. Credit: PSNI Mid Ulster