Caravan blown off cliff in Ireland with woman inside

19th Sep 18 | News

Police and emergency services are at the scene.

A caravan has blown off a cliff with a woman inside as high winds from Storm Ali batter the west of Ireland.

Police and emergency services are at the scene. The woman is believed to be aged in her fifties.

Rescuers attended at Claddaghduff, Co Galway, on Wednesday morning.

A total of 55,000 homes and businesses, mainly in the south-west of Ireland, have been left without power due to the bad weather, the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said.

Forecasters have issued a Status Orange wind warning for more than half the country due to the storm.

A statement from Irish police said: “Gardai in Clifden Co Galway are dealing with an incident which occurred at Claddaghduff, Co Galway this morning.

“A caravan has blown off a cliff. It is believed that a female in her 50s was in the caravan.

“Gardai and emergency services are currently at the scene.”

ESB Networks, which oversees the power supply, said approximately 55,000 homes, farms and businesses were without power this morning, primarily in the south-west of the country.

“The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

“Storm Ali is currently active across the south-west and west coast of the country with gale force winds and gusts of up to 120 km/h per hour.

“The counties most impacted include Cork, Kerry and Limerick, as the storm continues to track north.”

Crews have been mobilised and are working towards restoring power to all affected families.

In Northern Ireland, the M1 motorway was closed in both directions just west of Belfast due to fallen cables, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

Saintfield Road in Co Down was also closed at the junction of the old Ballynahinch Road due to a fallen tree.

A PSNI statement said: “Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution in adverse weather conditions. Police are advising motorists to stay in their vehicles.”

© Press Association 2018

MORE FROM XPOSÉ