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Gusts of up to 117km/h and thousands without power as Storm Agnes batters Ireland

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WEATHER WARNINGS ARE in place in many parts of the country today as Storm Agnes hits Ireland.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford until 7pm.

Another Status Orange rain warning had been in place until 3pm for Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

A number of Status Yellow wind and rain warnings are in place, too.

Hayley Halpin here to bring you the latest weather news for the next few hours as Storm Agnes hits Ireland. 

First, here’s a quick recap of the weather warnings currently in place across the island of Ireland. 

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford until 5pm. 

Another Status Orange rain warning is in place until 3pm for Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

There’s a Status Yellow warning for rain in counties Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry and Waterford until midnight. 

A Status Yellow wind warning is in place for Leinster, Munster and Galway until midnight.

In the North, a Yellow wind warning is in place for the six counties until 7am tomorrow. 

Drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are being encouraged to exercise care on the roads today. 

The RSA is asking drivers to heed the following advice:

  • Drivers need to slow down and allow a greater braking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front in wet weather conditions. 
  • Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles, as they generate a considerable amount of spray, which reduces your visibility. Hold back to where you can see their mirrors.
  • If the road ahead is flooded, choose another route. Do not attempt to drive through it. 
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic that have been put there by the local council or An Garda Síochána.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.
  • Be Safe. Be Seen. Drive with dipped headlights at all times to ensure that you are visible and that you can see other road users.
  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch out for falling / fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  • Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

⚠️ Yellow Weather Warning – Rainfall ⚠️
📍 Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford, and Wicklow
📆 Wed 27, 7am – Thur 28, 12am
Heavy rain on Wednesday. Potential impacts:
• Difficult travel conditions
• Localised flooding
• Poor visibility#VisionZero pic.twitter.com/qwqKcOgbUI

— RSA Ireland (@RSAIreland) September 26, 2023

The RSA has the following advice for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists:

  • Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
  • Cyclists should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike. Consider wearing high visibility material.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions, as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Be Safe. Be Seen. Visibility and light are reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing and consider wearing high visibility material. 

The M8 in Tipperary has been closed on the northbound side between Twomileborris and Urlingford due to a collision.

Here’s a look at the storm making its way towards Ireland and the UK: 

Stunning image showing drier air being wrapped into the cyclone this morning.#StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/kBhcDAjPuS

— Kildare Weather (@KildareMet) September 27, 2023

While some counties have not been issued any warnings today, the whole island will be impacted by bad weather, with a wet and windy day expected nationwide.

The centre of the storm will approach the southwest of the country this morning.

There is potential for coastal flooding, fallen trees and power outages in affected areas.

Do you have any loose furniture in your back garden today that could pose a flight risk? 

Dublin Fire Brigade is warning people that there’s still time to secure items in their gardens. 

With a wind warning issued by @MetEireann for #StormAgnes there's still time to secure things in the garden.

We are regularly called to trampolines and similar in places they shouldn't be following a storm.

📸 Rathfarnham during a previous storm pic.twitter.com/0CmWVCN1rF

— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) September 27, 2023

In an update yesterday afternoon, Cork County Council said its severe weather assessment team had convened and had crews on standby in several known risk areas across the county. 

Crews were out clearing inlets and gullies. Sandbags and pumping arrangements were also put place in known problem areas. 

The council has asking the public to stand high, stay dry and stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes. 

Mallow Castle and playground will be closed today. 

#StormAgnes
➡️Issues such as flooding and road damage should be reported to your local Council Office during working hours (9am to 5pm) visit https://t.co/NjXHFcF32T for details
➡️Outside working hours, contact us via our Emergency Out of Hours number (021) 4800048
1/2 pic.twitter.com/v6ZxNedbb3

— Cork County Council (@Corkcoco) September 26, 2023

Homelessness services have warned their service-users of potentially dangerous weather conditions.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive has implemented its extreme weather protocol, increasing bed capacity by 50 beds.

Its outreach service will also be working directly with rough sleepers from 7am to 1am daily, as usual.

Status Yellow rain warning issued for Dublin from 7am tomorrow to midnight (Wed 27/09) along with wind warning for Leinster. Please alert #DublinOutreach teams if you see anyone sleeping rough, via any of the options listed below. @DubCityCouncil @dlrcc @Fingalcoco @sdublincoco pic.twitter.com/r0UBfRXhQp

— Homeless Dublin (@HomelessDublin) September 26, 2023

We’re on #StormAgnes watch this morning
Nothing hectic here yet but according to @carlowweather it set to hit the SouthEast early this afternoon.
Hugh tide is also this afternoon so do please respect the sea, keep your distance & note all weather warnings. stay safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/PRl8HgmhZC

— Hook Lighthouse (@hooklighthouse) September 27, 2023

Power outages

There are over 11,000 homes and businesses across the country without power this morning. 

Cork is the county most affected by the outages. 

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Dublin Airport has said it is operating as normal today. 

However, passengers are being advised to check the status of their specific flights directly with their airline and to allow sufficient time for their journey to the airport. 

Dublin Airport is open and operating as normal today. Passengers intending to travel today are advised to check the status of specific flights directly with their airline and to allow sufficient time for their journey to the airport. ✈️#StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/ltmwKm6QcM

— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) September 27, 2023

There’s been reports of a fallen tree on Church Road / Skehard Road in Cork. 

Junction of Church Road and Skehard Road @CorkSafetyAlert #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/xQuQL7n9jo

— James Power (@jimmybulb) September 27, 2023

An update from Met Éireann:

#Afternoonupdate#StormAgnes is approaching Ireland and will make landfall in the southwest around lunchtime today before tracking northeastwards over the country, with disruption likely in places.

Wet & very windy weather this afternoon🌧️🍃

Warnings➡️https://t.co/OdMjmiAs3g pic.twitter.com/2puIB6G5i9

— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 27, 2023

Carlow County Council has confirmed Oak Park Forest Park will be closed to the public today. 

There are reports of roads across Cork being flooded this morning. 

#CorkFloods Flooding in Rathcooney this morning. Take care on approach. #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/g1FrpKUtr7

— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) September 27, 2023

#CorkFloods Flooding in Killumney village this morning. #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/C7fjViGlyB

— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) September 27, 2023

#CorkFloods Reports of flooding on the Monahan Road. Looks to be impassable at the moment. #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/e0IzBKvp7W

— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) September 27, 2023

It looks like quite a grim day to be out walking in Cork city today. 

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There appears to be a small bit of travel disruption at Cork Airport today, with an inbound flight from Lourdes which was due in at 8.30am being diverted to Dublin Airport. 

A number of other flights have been delayed and two flights to London and Amsterdam have been cancelled. 

Passengers intending to travel today are advised to exercise due caution when travelling to and from @CorkAirport.

Please allow sufficient time for your journey.#StormAgnes https://t.co/HavZsUjgE2

— Cork Airport (@CorkAirport) September 27, 2023

Kerry County Council has reported that trees and branches have been cleared on roads in Gneeveguilla, Templenoe and Lauragh. 

However, it said difficult driving conditions are being reported across the country and to “please travel with care”. 

#StormAgnes

Trees/branches have been cleared on roads in Gneeveguilla, Templenoe and Lauragh areas

Difficult driving conditions reported across the county so please travel with care#Kerry

— Kerry County Council - Comhairle Contae Chiarraí (@countykerry) September 27, 2023

Moooooove with caution in Cork. 

#CorkTraffic Reports of cows loose near the Barn Restaurant in Glanmire after a farm gate has blown off. Take care on approach. #StormAgnes

— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) September 27, 2023

RedFM News is reporting a fallen tree on Relief Road in Bandon, Cork. 

It says there is concern over flooding in Bantry at high tide at 4pm. 

Tree down on the Relief Road in Bandon as there is concern over flooding in Bantry at high time at 4pm #StormAgnes

— RedFM News (@RedFMNews) September 27, 2023

Reports of a roof coming off a building at Youghal Strand, Cork. 

A roof has just come off a building at Youghal Strand. Emergency services are en route. Avoid the area if possible! #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/3Kn8HPTrRD

— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) September 27, 2023

The Irish Coast Guard’s team at Malin Head is currently coordinating a tow for a large sailing vessel off the west coast. 

Achill Island and Clifden RNLI lifeboats are assissting the vessel ashore. 

Our team at Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre Malin Head is currently coordinating a tow for a large sailing vessel off the West Coast, with Achill Island and Clifden RNLI All weather Lifeboats assisting the vessel ashore in difficult sea conditions. #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/Z6ZiJR75dZ

— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) September 27, 2023

Bus Éireann services are being impacted in Cork due to the weather conditions. 

Due to trees are down at Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Cork City Route 214 is diverting as follows:
Outbound: Normal Route to Tivoli, then will operate via Silversprings and Barnavarra Hill to Riverstown Cross.
Inbound: will be this as above in reverse.#StormAgnes @TFIupdates

— Bus Éireann (@Buseireann) September 27, 2023

Dogs Trust Ireland has urged dog owners to keep their pets indoors during the bad weather.

With #StormAgnes forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds, we're reminding owners to please bring their dogs indoors to keep them safe 💛
We have other safety tips and rainy day indoor activities for your dog on our website: https://t.co/uooWD816Qj#StormAdvice #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/iFkEO1sMIS

— Dogs Trust Ireland (@DogsTrust_IE) September 27, 2023

Dublin Fire Brigade are at the scene of a collision at the northbound M11/M50 merge at Junction 4.

Temporary lane closures are currently in place.

#StormAgnes

M11 / M50 merge J4 Northbound

Storm Agnes is starting to create difficult conditions on our roads. Firefighters from Dun Laoghaire Fire Station are attending this road traffic collision with temporary lane closures in place. pic.twitter.com/LlOMK5hffV

— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) September 27, 2023

Emergency services at the scene of a fallen tree near Blackrock in Cork.

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The R746 Carnew to Bunclody road is closed due to a fallen tree at Ballingate, according to Wicklow County Council.

Baltinglass MD wishes to advise that the R746 Carnew to Bunclody road is closed due to a fallen tree at Ballingate

Garda and BMD crews on site

— Wicklow County Council (@wicklowcoco) September 27, 2023

Stormy scenes around the Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin this afternoon. 

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Stephen Murphy of Sky News reports from Newtown Cove in Co Waterford: 

Trees down and spot flooding in parts of Co Waterford, although the rain has stopped for now and the sun has peeped through. Swimmers wisely avoiding the bathing spots here at Newtown Cove (we’re further back behind a fence than zoomed-in video suggests) #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/gMLKxxbIJo

— Stephen Murphy (@SMurphyTV) September 27, 2023

Kernanstown Recycling Centre in Co Carlow has closed for the rest of the day due to the weather conditions. 

#StormAgnes Update:
Kernanstown Recycling Centre is closed for the remainder of today due to adverse weather conditions.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. #StaySafe #inCarlow #Carlow pic.twitter.com/efbQmAMWsp

— CarlowCountyCouncil (@Carlow_Co_Co) September 27, 2023

Thousands of homes and businesses continue to be impacted by power outages across the country this afternoon.

The ESB has said that customers in the south of the country are most affected so far. 

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Looking at the latest from Cork, reporter Olivia Kelleher has provided some updates… 

Killumney village in Co Cork experienced spot flooding earlier this morning.

Other areas in the county impacted by flooding include the R579 between Muskerry Golf Club and Healy’s Bridge and on the Shournagh near Foxes Bridge between Blarney and Donoughmore.

There has been been flooding on Killeens Road, near Crossbarry village and on the N73 between Mallow and Mitchelstown.

Flooding has also occurred on the Spa Road in Mallow.

A farm gate blew off near the Barn Restaurant in Glanmire while there are reports of flooding at the junction to Mallow Hospital. Ardcahan Bridge near Dunmanway is also flooded.

In the city flooding has occurred on the Monaghan Road. Drivers are urged to exercise caution. Trees are down in the Pearse Road area of Ballyphehane and on the back Douglas Road before Maryborough Woods in the city.

Storm Agnes is impacting on all coasts of Ireland today. Orange marine storm warnings have been issued. #StormAgnes
Check out @MetÉireann for more information
https://t.co/IS74pWnv89
Carefully consider your safety if out on the coast today pic.twitter.com/eRssCeh10T

— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) September 27, 2023

Firefighers from Swords are at the scene of trees in danger of falling in Thornleigh off Jugback Lane in Dublin. 

Dublin Fire Brigade has said it has requested the assistance of Fingal County Council to the incident. 

#StormAgnes

Swords firefighters are at the scene of trees in danger of falling (roots exposed) in Thornleigh off Jugback Lane. We have requested the assistance of @Fingalcoco to the incident. pic.twitter.com/6yQ8FzC0oy

— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) September 27, 2023

Cherry’s Road in New Ross, Co Wexford is now closed due to a fallen tree. 

Wexford County Council said a crew is on site and diversions are in place. 

#StormAgnes

Road Closure Alert

Cherry's Road, New Ross currently closed due to fallen tree.

Crew currently on site. Diversions in place.

Avoid the area if possible. pic.twitter.com/yKV6sCYulQ

— Wexford County Council (@wexfordcoco) September 27, 2023

The latest from Met Éireann here:

#StormAgnes
Winds strengthening as #stormAgnes continues northeastwards over the country.
Latest wind observation (Highest) : Sherkin Island mean wind speed 81 km/h, just tipping into status red.

All warnings ➡️ https://t.co/OdMjmiAs3g pic.twitter.com/qxvOmtcjo5

— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 27, 2023

The scene in Youghal, Co Cork where a roof has been blown from a building. 

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Kerry County Council has said there are many reports of spot flooding and hazardous conditions across the county. 

#StormAgnes

Many reports of spot flooding and hazardous conditions on routes across the county

If you come across an issue that needs to be dealt with by Kerry County Council, please call

📲 066 718 3588#Kerry @countykerry

— Kerry County Council - Comhairle Contae Chiarraí (@countykerry) September 27, 2023

More fallen trees being reported here by Waterford City and County Council: 

Reports of fallen trees
1. Tree down along L40264 Gortaclode blocking the whole road - in the vicinity of X91 Y443.
2. Tree down on L7027 Kilminnin nr Stradbally - blocking road - please use alternate route until cleared.
Please, keep safe.#StormAgnes #Waterford #TreeFallen pic.twitter.com/0Sa5BdqedY

— Waterford City & County Council (@WaterfordCounci) September 27, 2023

#StormAgnes
Intense sharp showers due to line convection as seen over eastern counties on the rainfall radar associated with the cold front from #stormAgnes⬇️🌧️ pic.twitter.com/SHcoZui8DX

— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 27, 2023

Irish Rail services are currently suspended through Killester and Fairview until further notice due to a tree on the overhead lines. 

Irish Rail has said delays are expected to the Dart, Northern and Belfast services as a result. 

Services are currently suspended through Killester and Fairview until further notice due to a tree on the overhead lines. Delays are expected to DART, Northern and Belfast Services as a result. Update to follow. -AD

— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) September 27, 2023

Firefighters from Kilbarrack fire station in Dublin were called to assist after a tree fell down onto two cars this afternoon. 

Cables were also downed in the incident.

Dublin Fire Brigade has said the scene was made safe by firefighters. 

Firefighters from Kilbarrack fire station were called to a tree down onto two cars this afternoon as #StormAgnes impacted Dublin. Cables were also downed and the scene was made safe by the firefighters. pic.twitter.com/kZxAn58TVU

— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) September 27, 2023

Gardaí are continuing to warn people to take extra caution while using the roads today. 

🌬️As weather conditions pick up intensity across the country, we are really asking you to please take extra caution while using the roads.

Keep your full attention on the road and be aware of all vulnerable road users on your route.

Be safe.#SaferRoads #StormAgnes https://t.co/4yaYhGeZrS

— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) September 27, 2023

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In an update this afternoon, Dublin Airport has said it is open and operation today. 

However, it added that there are some delays due to adverse weather conditions. 

Airlines have cancelled 31 flights so far, including 17 departures and 14 arrivals. 

“Passengers travelling today are advised to check the status of specific flights directly with their airline and to allow sufficient time for their journey to the airport,” it said. 

Passengers travelling today are advised to check the status of specific flights directly with their airline and to allow sufficient time for their journey to the airport. #StormAgnes (2/2)

— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) September 27, 2023

Tented accommodation

In a statement, the Department of Integration said that of 17 September, there are 351 international protection applicants accommodated in tented solutions across Knockalisheen, Columb Barracks and the former CMH in Dundrum.

The Department said officials are “always cognisant of the safety and security of residents, and routinely monitor weather conditions that may affect those who are temporarily residing in tented structures”.

“Key storm preparations and contingencies have been put in place to help cope with the potential impact of Storm Agnes,” the Department said.

“Officials have liaised with counterparts in the Office of Emergency Planning, the National Directorate of Fire and Emergency Planning and the relevant Local Authorities in preparation for oncoming high winds and heavy rainfall. Officials also remain alert to new information from Met Éireann as it issues.”

The Department has not clarified to The Journal how many international protection applicants remained in tented accommodation during the storm today.

Met Éireann has said gusts of up to 117km/h were recorded at Sherkin Island today, while gusts of up to 106km/h were recorded at Roche’s Point and 94km/h at Valentia. 

#StormAgnes
Winds strengthening as #stormAgnes continues northeastwards over the country.
Latest wind observation (Highest) : Sherkin Island mean wind speed 81 km/h, just tipping into status red.

All warnings ➡️ https://t.co/OdMjmiAs3g pic.twitter.com/qxvOmtcjo5

— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 27, 2023

Press Association’s Niall Carson films scenes during high tide in Tramore, Co Waterford. 

High tide in Tramore Co Waterford #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/NpiHOFacBp

— Niall Carson (@niallcarsonpa) September 27, 2023

In a statement, Irish Ferries said disruption to schedules may be experienced due to adverse weather conditions over the coming days, with passengers advised to check schedules.

Here’s a clip from inside Hook Lighthouse, as high tide approaches. 

The gusts are very strong and the sea is now extremely high as we approach high tide right now.
Please do not take risks on open coasts this afternoon folks.#StormAgnes #StaySafe #HookLighthouse @CarlowWeather @SouthEastRadio @beat102103 @Wexford_People @wexfordcoco pic.twitter.com/MqLsy35AMC

— Hook Lighthouse (@hooklighthouse) September 27, 2023

Scenes in Kenmare, Co Kerry this afternoon during #StormAgnes (credit: Noreen Russell) pic.twitter.com/6rCBRcPXWz

— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) September 27, 2023

Some updates here from Met Éireann’s meteorologist Liz Walsh: 

Here's Met Éireann’s Meteorologist Liz Walsh with the latest updates on #StormAgnes in both📽️'s 👇

For the weather warning details, visit https://t.co/Xg3aMJlyuS or the Warnings section of the Met Éireann app📲 pic.twitter.com/nYdnMWnY3g

— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 27, 2023

storm agnus 06 Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie People out walking on Howth Pier in Dublin during Storm Agnes today Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie / RollingNews.ie

The Status Orange wind warning for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford has been extended by two hours. It will now remain in place until 7pm. 

Some scenes more Bere Island here. 

Heavy seas off #BereIsland today, some very strong gusts of wind and island ferries cancelled this afternoon #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/cd1AXugRTv

— Helen Riddell (@helenriddell) September 27, 2023

Tented accommodation

As of yesterday, there were 749 people being accommodated in tents for asylum seekers in various sites around the country. 

In a statement this evening, the Department of Integration said it is “always cognisant of the safety and security of residents, and routinely monitors weather conditions that may affect those who are temporarily residing in tented structures”.

It said that key storm preparations and contingencies have been put in place to help cope with the potential impact of Storm Agnes.

“Officials have liaised with counterparts in the Office of Emergency Planning, the National Directorate of Fire and Emergency Planning and the relevant Local Authorities in preparation for oncoming high winds and heavy rainfall. Official also remain alert to new information from Met Éireann as it issues,” the Department said. 

“The tented structures being used are designed to cope with severe weather, including high winds and heavy rain,” the Department added. 

It said that officials have “examined all structures to confirm that they are secure and lines and fixings remain in place” and that “teams on site will continually monitor fixings”.

“Should tents fail in very high winds, residents can be immediately relocated to other tented structures or permanent structures on site,” the Department said. 

“In addition, contingency buildings in the community have been identified to provide temporary congregated shelter should the need arise,” it said. 

Similar measures have been adopted for other tented sites – at Knockalisheen, Mullingar and Dundrum, according to the Department. 

That’s all from us on the liveblog for today. 

As we leave, here’s a recap on the current weather warnings:

  • A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford until 7pm.
  • A Status Yellow warning for rain is in place for Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry and Waterford until midnight. 
  • A Status Yellow wind warning is in place for Leinster, Munster and Galway until midnight.
  • In the North, a Yellow wind warning is in place for the six counties until 7am tomorrow. 

Slán!