Storm Agnes rages ripping off roof and leaving homes without power

Storm Agnes has made dramatic landfall in the UK and Ireland, leaving a trail of destruction on the coast.

The storm – which is expected to carry maximum winds of 80mph across the country tonight – has struck the Irish coastline after crossing the Atlantic.

Footage has shown the moment severe winds picked apart infrastructure in small communities, prompting local authorities to release emergency warnings.

Agnes initially touched town in the southwest, with County Cork among the first areas to report significant activity.

Cork Safety Alerts posted a video showing a roof being blown off a building while seas raged in the background.

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The video shows aggressive winds sweeping off the top layer of a building in the seaside community, with rain seen splattering the camera.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, the safety alert account told people to avoid the area.

The account said: “A roof has just come off a building at Youghal Strand. Emergency services are en route. Avoid the area if possible!”

The local resident who captured the video said the winds were “like a hurricane” as the roof folded back.

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Fire crews reportedly arrived around midday and attempted to keep the dismantled roof in place, preventing it from causing additional damage.

While this type of damage is on the extreme end of Agnes’ effects, it is far from the only chaos the storm has caused as it landed in Ireland.

Authorities estimate the severe winds have knocked out power for thousands of homes across County Cork.

The majority of homes without power are located in the Macroom area, where approximately 2,000 properties are currently navigating a blackout.

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The Bandon area is similarly badly affected, with 1,700 homes powerless, and 500 properties in Béal na Bláth have also lost electricity.

Met Eireann expects Agnes will continue to carve a path through Ireland over the next few hours before moving on to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Met Office has placed weather warnings for the UK home nations outlining severe wind and rain from 12pm today until 7pm tomorrow.

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