first_imgFloods rise in Glenwood.UPDATE 10am: THERE is widespread damage to buildings, flooding on many roads and in houses with more than 10,000 homes now without power as hurricane-force Storm Rachel wreaks havoc across the county this morning.Dozens of schools are – quite rightly – closed after a terrifying night which saw winds gust to 160km/hr.There are more than 6,000 home sin Glenties without power, a further 2,300 in Derrybeg, 1,800 in Creeslough and further outages in Stranorlar, Buncrana and other areas. An ESB spokesman said: “We are continuously monitoring the situation and updates will be issued.“Met Eireann has forecast that the storm is due to increase in severity to 9.00am this morning and we can expect further damage and loss of electricity supply.“Conditions on the ground are challenging with strong winds and rain hampering restoration and making conditions unsafe for our technicians. From early this morning, when it is safe to do so, ESB Networks crews will be out making the electricity network safe and assessing the damage, so that crews can be deployed to restore power as quickly and effectively as possible.“All available staff in the affected areas are being deployed and crews from other locations, not as badly affected by the storm, will also be travelling to assist in the restoration process. ESB Networks sincerely apologise to all customers who are without power.” Cresslough and Derrybeg are worst hit in the power cuts with more than 4,000 of the faults in those areas – with a restore time of 5pm today.The ESB delayed sending out repair crews until after 9am because of the high winds.Roads are flooded right across Donegal, with homes in Letterkenny taking the brunt of flood waters.Roads in Lifford, Ballybofey/Stranorlar, Castlefin and Ramelton are particularly bad.We have reports of damage to buildings all along the west coast, Inishowen and in town centres – debris sent across roads and damaging cars. Dozens of trees have blocked roads across the county.Gardai say motorists should NOT drive if at all possible.5,000 DONEGAL HOMES WITHOUT POWER AS RACHEL WREAKS HAVOC was last modified: January 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:power cutsStorm Rachellast_img read more