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'Wheelie bins dancing down the street' - Storm Eleanor hits the UK

13 January 2018

Met Eireann said a combination of high tides and exceptionally high seas would result in coastal damage and further flooding.

"Gusts on Wednesday morning are expected to reach 45 to 50 miles per hour in places inland while along the coasts gusts as high as 65 miles per hour are likely".

A woman who went into labour as Storm Eleanor smashed into the United Kingdom was flown 60 miles by rescue helicopter to a specialist neonatal unit in gale force winds.

The National Emergency Coordination Group has been meeting this morning, to discuss the national response to the storm.

The Environmental Agency issued 56 flood warnings on Tuesday that encompassed the entire country.

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She and a couple of friends were in Galway city for the new year and were watching the growing swell from "the prom" at Salthill.

He urged people along the south and west coast to stay away from coastlines until the windy weather passes on Friday.

But that has not stopped jokers from taking a dig at the dire weather.

Looking further ahead, the cold weather seems likely to persist into next week with some very cold nights expected.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy insisted suitable preparation and planning was in place in Galway yesterday but forecasters and local authorities "can't predict everything that will happen".

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STORM Eleanor may be bringing misery to millions of Brits being battered by 100mph winds and floods - but some are seeing the amusing side.

Met Eireann is continuing to warn that Donegal is at risk from destructive winds today.

Cars were abandoned at the docks in the city as high tide coincided with high winds causing extremely fast flooding before businesses had a chance to put in place sandbags.

Some people had to be rescued from the rising waters in kayaks.

A massive power outage was reported in Ireland as storm Eleanor swept across the country, leaving at least 150,000 customers in darkness since Tuesday evening, local electricity supplier said on Wednesday.

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'Wheelie bins dancing down the street' - Storm Eleanor hits the UK