Thousands of homes and businesses are without power this morning, as Storm Barra hits the Atlantic coast.
It caused the River Lee in Cork City to burst its banks earlier, however waters are receding, while a gust of 113km per hour was recorded off the county’s west coast.
Cork and Kerry are under a Status Red Wind Warning until 9pm, while a red alert will be in place from this afternoon in Clare.
A Status Orange Wind Warning’s also in effect for Dublin, Louth Wicklow and East Meath, while Limerick, Galway and Mayo have been experiencing orange-level winds since 6am.
Chair of the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management crisis team is Keith Leonard………
Donegal is set to escape the worst of the storm, with a yellow wind warning in place for the county, but the county council’s Emergency Response team is monitoring the situation, with winds expected to strengthen this evening and tonight.
Earlier. Director of Services Garry Martin spoke to Greg on the Nine til Noon Show………..
An Orange Wind Warning will be in place in Donegal from 2 o’clock tomorrow morning until 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.
Met Eireann say northwesterly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with severe or damaging gusts of 100 to 130 km/h, with localised stronger winds likely. Due to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected. Disruption to power and travel are likely.