Storm Hector is battering Ireland with high winds of up to 125km/h as two weather warnings remain in place this morning.
A Status Orange alert is in place in Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo until 10am this morning.
Met Eireann said: “On Wednesday evening and night and for a time on Thursday morning, south to southwest winds veering westerly, associated with Storm Hector, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/hr with gusts of 110 to 125 km/hr.
“Winds will be strongest in coastal areas.
“High spring tides are likely to coincide with the strongest winds leading to a risk of coastal flooding and wave overtopping.”
A Status Yellow wind warning was updated by Met Eireann on Wednesday night as several more counties are expected to bear the brunt of high winds from Storm Hector.
The meterological service said the warning, which previously affected Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan, Monaghan and Clare, now also affects Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath and Kerry.
The warning, which came into effect at 9pm on Wednesday night and is valid until 10am on Thursday reads: “Southwest to west winds, later veering westerly, associated with Storm Hector, will reach mean speeds of 55 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr.
“Over Leinster winds will be strongest between 0200 and 0900.”
Meanwhile, trees have fallen in many areas blocking lanes and roads and 10,000 people are affected by power outages in the west and northwest which is the worst-hit area.
The high winds are set to ease this afternoon.
A Met Eireann forecaster said: “Stormy early this morning in coastal counties of Connacht and Ulster with severe and potentially damaging gusts as very strong southwest winds become westerly.
“Very windy elsewhere also, especially over the northern half of the country.
“From late morning onwards, winds will gradually ease. Sunny spells and scattered showers today, heaviest in the west and north. Highest temperatures 15 to 19 degrees.”
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