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Emergency services in Clare are responding to more than 150 separate weather related incidents around the county.
An emergency number – 1890 252 943 – has been established for members of the public to report fallen trees, blocked roads and flooding. A spokesperson for Clare County Council said that this number will be operational until 7.30 this evening.
The southeast of the County is one of the worst affected areas, particularly in Killaloe and around Sixmilebridge, with fallen trees reported on most routes throughout the region.
The north and west of the county have also been badly affected, with homes missing roofs, power outages and roads closed dues to fallen trees, electricity polls and debris.
In Ennis and Clarecastle trees and polls are also down with a number of traffic accidents also reported.
The traffic lights at St Flanan’s College are currently not working.
Clare County Council says it expects storm conditions to abate later this evening but it, along with local Gardaí, are urging members of the public to avoid making any unnecessary journeys due to storm debris and traffic lights out of operation on the county’s roads.

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Claire Gallagher is a multi-award winning journalist with more than 15 years experience in media. The Galwegan began her career in radio working in news and current affairs. Having spent a year on the dark side – political PR and Spin – she returned to journalism and has since then worked mainly in print – regional and national – while continuing to work with the broadcast media. She has been with the Clare People since its foundation in 2005. She was awarded “Young Irish Medical Journalist of the Year” in June 2008 while working with the paper. Twitter @galocon Facebook ClaireGallagherClarePeople

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