And it’s not over yet. The storm system is currently moving inland, bringing along strong winds with gusts of up to 150 km/h and torrential downpours.
All Irish Ferries crossings have been canceled until the evening at least, and Met Eireann have advised people to stay away from coastlines.
ESB Networks estimate that approximately 17,000 people are still blacked out in areas of Donegal, Cork, Killarney, Galway/Athlone, Tullow and Wexford. Power has been restored to about 5,000 customers thus far after Storm Rachel damaged electricity infrastructure overnight.