Met Éireann issues weather warning

Met Éireann has issued a "status Orange" wind warning - with gusts of over 120 kilometres per hour recorded this morning.

The most powerful winds so far have been felt in Ulster - with Connacht and Leinster also subjected to gale force winds of 80 to 100 kilometres per hour.

Met Éireann says the conditions could "significantly impact on people in affected areas".

The status-orange wind warning has been issued for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal, with east to southwest winds predicted to reach average speeds of 55-70kph and gusts of 100-120kph tonight.

A status-yellow wind warning was issued for Munster and Leinster, with west to southwest winds predicted to reach average speeds of 45-65 kph and gust 80-110kph.

Fallen trees have led to traffic disruption around the country this morning.

Around 500 homes across the North are without power this morning after the storm caused disruption overnight.

Roads were also closed in parts of Co Down after trees came down as gusts of up to 70mph swept in from the Atlantic.

A number of ferry crossing were expected to be disrupted including the P&O Larne Cairnryan service, along with cancellations on the service between Ballycastle and Rathlin off Co Antrim.

Energy company NIE said at the height of the disruption to power supplies about 4,500 customers faced blackouts.

It warned of more disruption as the weather system moves across the country.

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