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ens of thousands of homes on the island of Ireland are without power, as Storm Eunice continues to rage.

Around 80,000 homes, farms and businesses were without power on the island on Friday morning, as the storm felled trees, blocked roads and caused damage and disruption across swathes of the Republic of Ireland.

Counties Cork, Kerry and the south of the country have borne the brunt of the major storm so far, as high winds wreaked havoc on homes, buildings and businesses.

However, heavy snow also caused significant disruption in parts of the north-west.

Red and orange storm warnings for parts of the country have now lapsed, although a yellow warning remains in place.

It is expected that winds will persist in the southern half of the island in the coming hours, even the storm moves over beyond the island.

Met Eireann has said that gusts of over 130km per hour had been recorded in Cork.

Seamus Rockett with dog Sam out for a walk along the promenade in Lahinch, Co Clare on Friday (Eamon Ward/PA) / PA Wire

Across the south of the island, there have been numerous reports of fallen trees and blocked roads after high winds hit the region.

Schools and colleges across the Republic of Ireland remain closed on Friday, following advice from the Department of Education.

In total, schools in nine counties were closed due to the dangerous conditions.

Brian Tapley, from ESB, said on Friday morning: “We will know the extent of the damage to our network probably by midday, because the storm is passing so quickly.”

He told RTE radio that ESB workers would aim to “restore everyone as quickly as possible and safely as possible”.

As of midday on Friday, ESB said that it hoped that the majority of customers would see power restored by end of the day.

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