Calls for a warning system to alert tourists to impending storms

City CEO Brendan McGrath has called for a weather warning system to be put in place to alert tourists to impending storms.

Mr McGrath says a warning system would enable the city council to liase with hoteliers and accommodation providers to inform tourists of serious weather alerts.

His comments come after groups of tourists remained outdoors during the storm Ophelis this week in spite of weather warnings.

The impact from Storm Ophelia is still being felt across County Galway as a small number of homes still remain without electricity.

The news comes after ESB released a statement that 119,000 homes and businesses remain without power and work continues on restoring supply throughout the country.

ESB states that they are making good progress with an excess of 70 per cent of those who lost power having their electricity supply restored, including more than 2,000 customers in Galway on Tuesday.

It says crews hope to have everyone back on the grid within three to four days after the deployment of 2,500 staff in the recovery effort, and an addition of 1,000 contractors who have been engaged with additional resources brought in from Northern Ireland, Great Britain, and France to provide support.

However ESB officials say the process could take up to 10 days. Meanwhile, Irish Water has revealed that power has been restored to the water treatment plant in Woodford. This means customers will not have to resort to using water tankers.

Irish Water has been working with the county council and ESB since Tuesday to restore power to water treatment plants and schemes across the county, following Storm Ophelia.

Storm Ophelia was one of the strongest storms ever to hit Ireland and the powerful winds of up to 190kmh brought Galway city and county to a standstill with trees being felled as well as flooding.

Salthill promenade, Spanish Arch, Kilcolgan, and Kinvara were among the areas to experience water surges with homes and local business experiencing damage.


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