WATCH: Storm Barra batters Irish coast in startling footage from lighthouse keeper in Cork
That's why there was a Status Red warning in place.
As Storm Barra continues to rage across the country on Wednesday morning, footage has surfaced that illustrates just how powerful an impact it made in Cork, where a Status Red warning was in place yesterday.
Captured by lighthouse keeper Ronnie O'Driscoll on Fastnet Lighthouse and posted to Kinsale RNLI's Facebook page, the massive Atlantic waves look as if they're engulfing the lighthouse as the storm rages in the water.
A message on the page from Kinsale RNLI read: "Dramatic scenes at the Fastnet [lighthouse], courtesy of lighthouse keeper Ronnie O Driscoll, one of the few people who turned up for work today!
"Beautiful but treacherous. Please stay away from coastal areas as the sea remains highly unpredictable."
A message accompanying a second clip read: "Don't think the Fastnet Lighthouse will be using the helipad today."
Met Eireann issued a red weather warning across the southwest of Ireland yesterday, with schools remaining closed in 11 counties.
A status orange wind warning remains in place for Donegal on Wednesday morning, with yellow warnings in place for the remainder of the country. There is a red marine warning in place from Erris Head to Rossan Point to Malin Head.
Thousands of homes have been left without electricity as Storm Barra continues to batter the country.
ESB Networks has recorded faults throughout Ireland, with the majority occurring in coastal counties; as of Wednesday morning, 59,000 homes, farms and businesses were left without power.