Met Éireann has warned that further thunderstorms are possible overnight.
Parts of Corofin, Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora, Kilshanny, Ballyvaughan and Ennistymon lost their electricity supply as a result of a series of thunderstorms which occurred during the afternoon.
A warning has also been issued in relation to localised downpours with spot flooding this evening and overnight.
In its weather update this evening, Wicklow Weather said: “Latest data on lightning strikes over Ireland is a strike rate of 344 per hour with the vast majority over the midlands and Munster and isolated t/storm cells over south Leinster and the east coast as far north as south Dublin. Image shows X where latest lightning has occured. Power outages reported in Wicklow, Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick Clare & Laois. Reports of tornadic activity in Counties Kildare and Tipperary accompanied by very large hail. Spot flooding reported in pockets of Wicklow, Wexford, Limerick.”
Thunderstorms also occurred across parts of Clare last night with difficult driving conditions reported. A number of funnel clouds were also spotted, including in Lissycasey (pictured) and Corofin (video).
See The Clare Herald weather page to keep an eye on the showers and lightning strikes.
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