In pictures: Storm Debi leaves behind flooded businesses, fallen trees and marooned boats

Schools delayed opening on Monday morning before clean-up operation began across country, with Co Galway worst affected

Storm Debi swept across the country early on Monday morning.

Galway was the county worst affected by the storm, whose quick onset left locals in Galway City and Oranmore little time to prepare. A 100m-long section of the seawall on the coast road between Oranmore and Galway was left in ruins by the surge. Wind gusts of up to 115km/h were recorded overnight in Athenry.

Large areas in and around Galway City itself were left impassable due to flooding and several small vessels were lifted by wind-driven waters on to the quaysides around Claddagh Quay.

Dozens of trees came down across the country due to the high winds including in Louth, Dublin, Longford and Laois.


Many schools were forced to delay opening until 10am or later until the status red warning issued by Met Éireann had passed. The forecaster had already warned of a potential “danger to life” posed by the storm.

Clean-up operations around the country were continuing well into Monday afternoon, as ESB worked to restore power to thousands of people while councils cleared roads from debris.