Storm Ellen clean-up could take some time

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Tipperary County Council says all national and regional routes in the county are now passable, with further clearing to be completed over the afternoon and tomorrow.

A number of local roads remain blocked however. People are being urged to be patient with the clean-up operation being carried out across Tipperary

Council crews were out through the night dealing with fallen trees which had blocked main routes.

Acting Senior Roads Engineer James Murray is also asking people to leave the clearance to the experts.

“If work goes on into tomorrow and some of the local routes are closed we’d ask people to be patient with regards to the clearing of that debris.”

“The ESB have attended a number of sites where we have fallen trees with cables in them. That’s a very dangerous situation and we’d ask people not to take the clearing of the works into their own hands but to leave it to the council and the ESB.”

Power has been restored to almost two-thirds of homes, businesses and farms which were impacted by Storm Ellen overnight.

The ESB says that as of this evening, power has been restored to 124,000 customers across the country with a further 70,000 still waiting to be reconnected.

Tipperary remains one of the worst affected counties with crews working to repair damage after faults across the county.

An ESB spokesperson told Tipp FM earlier that some areas of the county be without power until tomorrow.

People are being warned to stay clear of fallen power lines as they may still be live.