Status orange wind warning in place for nine counties as Storm Dennis hits Ireland
Severe gusts of up to 120km/h are expected in some places as Storm Dennis arrives.
A status orange wind warning will come into effect for nine counties this morning.
The orange wind warning has been issued for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.
It will come into effect at 10am and will remain in place until 10pm.
Met Éireann says: "Southwest winds with mean speeds of 60 to 80km/h with severe gusts of up to 120km/h, strongest on exposed hills and coasts, with a risk of coastal flooding."
There is also a status yellow wind warning in place for the rest of the country.
That particular warning came into effect at 3pm on Saturday and will be in place until 11pm this evening.
Met Éireann said that this evening that it will continue to be "very windy or stormy early tonight".
They state: "It will be very windy everywhere with strong and very gusty southwest winds. It will be stormy at times near west and north coasts with gales and severe or damaging gusts and a risk of coastal flooding. Sunshine and widespread heavy squally showers with a risk of hail and thunder.
As for this evening, the worst of the conditions will be experienced in the west and north, with strong to gale force and very gusty southwest winds. Later in the night, winds are expected to ease off, but will continue fresh to strong and gusty. Heavy showers or rain and hail will continue with a risk of thunder.
The strong winds are causing disruption to flights across the country, with ten flights cancelled at Dublin Airport on Saturday
Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority have urged all road users to exercise caution, while the Irish Coast Guard is appealing to people to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers.
The ESB also said that the customers affected by power outages due to Storm Dennis has now fallen to just over 1,000 homes.
The effects of Storm Dennis will continue. Very windy everywhere with strong&very gusty SW winds. Stormy at times near W&N coasts with gales&severe/damaging gusts&a risk of coastal flooding. Sunshine&widespread heavy squally showers with a risk of hail&thunder. Highs of 6 to 9°C. pic.twitter.com/k57GEXuIho
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 16, 2020