Power restored to most homes hit by Storm Hannah

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media captionStorm Hannah to hit Ireland

Almost all of the households that lost power in the Republic of Ireland after Storm Hannah brought down power lines have had their services restored.

ESB Networks said power has been restored to more than 30,000 customers.

The areas most affected were County Clare, west and north Kerry, west Limerick and parts of Tipperary.

The damage was mainly due to trees falling on overhead lines. Thirty-three thousand customers were without power at one stage.

Red weather warnings in place for some counties have been removed.

Met Éireann had also issued a gale warning for Saturday evening on Irish coastal waters, from Malin Head to Carlingford Lough to Wicklow Head and on the Irish Sea.

A yellow rain warning was earlier in place across NI.

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image captionStorm Hannah brought down power lines in the Republic of Ireland

It was kept in place until 15:00 BST on Saturday.

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Irish forecaster Met Éireann said gusts reached 122km/h (76mph) at Mace Head in County Galway.

The last time a red alert was issued was for ex-hurricane Ophelia in October 2017.

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image captionA number of trees were also damaged

The UK Met Office said some flooding of homes and traffic disruption could be expected in Northern Ireland on Saturday.

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image captionPower outages as of 07:00 BST on Saturday

Southern Wales and south-west England were also affected.

The Met Office had warned of wind gusts reaching 60-70mph (97-113km/h) on exposed coastal stretches and 45-55mph (72-89km/h) inland from Friday evening into Saturday afternoon.

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Large waves and spray also affected some coastal routes.