Portlaoise Gardaí have warned drivers to slow down as icy conditions remain on sheltered local roads and they have also warned the public to be careful of fallen trees after Hurricane Darwin swept through Laois.
Gardai said there were pools of water and black ice, so we are advising drivers that back roads are treacherous.
“Slow down, and stay off back roads if possible,” said a spokesperson from Portlaoise Garda Station this morning.
Hundreds of trees fell during the storm that swept across Laois yesterday afternoon, with a danger of debris and tree branches remaining on local roads.
A massive tree fell on a car on Block road, Portlaoise yesterday evening, with the five occupants, a mother, grandmother and three children, including a 14 week old baby, escaping miraculously uninjured.
That tree is still blocking the road this morning, an access road to Portlaoise Hospital, but is now being cleared.
Trees blew down and blocked roads across the county yesterday, including in Kyletalesha on the Portlaoise to Mountmellick road, on the Tullamore road in Mountmellick, and in Kilcavan, among other routes.
Meanwhile electric power was lost to thousands of homes in Portarlington, Portlaoise, The Heath, Durrow and parts of Errill yesterday.