Motorists in Kerry urged to drive with care after Storm Barney

Gardai in Kerry are urging motorists to drive with extreme caution this morning after Storm Barney battered the county overnight. Met_Eireann_Logo There’s heavy flooding reported from Inch Beach to Foley’s Pub in west Kerry – Gardai say the road is reduced to one lane and motorists are advised to take an alternative route if possible. In Killarney there’s flooding on the Muckross Road and in the Pike Hill area. Meanwhile, the ESB says around 300 customers are without power this morning in the county. Crews are working to restore power in Castlemaine, Ardbawn, Ballyfinnane and Ardcanought where 140 customers are affected. Up to 80 customers are without power in Lispole, 65 are affected from Farranfore to Currow and ten properties are hit in Knocknagoshel. The ESB says salt being blown from the sea is causing sparking on poles and it is urging anyone who comes across fallen wires or broken poles to stay away from them and call 1850 372 999. Bernadine Maloney of ESB Networks, says crews are likely to be hampered by poor weather today: [audio_player src=””] Met Eireann says winds will gust up to 90 to 100 kilometres an hour  in coastal areas. Forecaster John Eagleton says the strongest winds will be in the afternoon: [audio_player src=””]