Around 25,000 people are without power and a number of flights have been cancelled at Cork airport as Storm Barney sweeps across the country.
Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Wind Warning for tomorrow: Southwesterly winds will reach mean wind speeds of 50-60 km/h and, in exposed coastal areas, gusts of 90-100km/h.
The damage so far is mainly attributed to large trees which have fallen on the overhead lines in the southern half of the country as a result of gale-force winds, with gusts of up to 130km/h.
Earlier, 45,000 people were affected but the ESB has already restored electricity supply to 20,000 customers.
The areas most impacted by power outages are: Portlaoise, Kilkenny, Ennis, Athlone, Naas, Wicklow, North Wexford, Tullamore, Mullingar, and Celbridge. Many customers will remain without power overnight, the ESB said.
A number of flights have been cancelled at Cork airport and weather warnings are in place for much of Ireland as Storm Barney sweeps across the country.
Aer Lingus regional flights to and from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol have been cancelled as well as City Jet to and from London City Airport.
The airport is advising intending passengers to check with their airlines.
The weather has affected a number of services to and from Shannon. The Aer Lingus scheduled service to Birmingham has been cancelled later this evening, and a Ryanair service from Gatwick to Shannon has been diverted to Liverpool.
The highest reported gust of wind so far was at Shannon airport this afternoon where a wind speed of 129km/h was recorded.
Iarnród Éireann says DART line between Dalkey and Greystones has reopened after earlier damage due to fallen trees.
Docklands station is closed until further notice, due to a tree on the line.
Iarnród Éireann say services will operate between Connolly and M3 Parkway.
They say Maynooth and northern commuter services are operating with some knock-on delays
There are reports of trees down and power cuts in Cork.
Among the areas affected by the power outages are Béal na Bláth and Castletownroche.
Trees are down on the Ballyhooly Road near Glenabo, at Windsor Hill, in Glounthaune and on the Mallow to Killarney Road, just past the racecourse. Gardaí are advising caution.
Up to 1000 customers are without electricity in Kerry. Areas affected include Tarbert, Ballydesmond, and Knocknagoshel.
Householders in Ballymacelligott, Ballybunion, Bonane and Athea are also without power.
Kerry County Council have posted emergency contact numbers for council crews on their website.
AA Roadwatch has reported debris on some roads in counties Cork, Limerick and Tipperary as motorists are urged to drive with care as gusts of up to 130km/h are forecast in some areas.
Met Éireann has issued at Status Orange warning for Munster, Leinster, Galway and Roscommon as the second major storm deemed strong enough to be named is set to sweep across Ireland and the UK.
West to southwest winds will reach 65 to 80km/h with gusts of up to 110/130km/h in the east this evening.
Limerick City and County Council and Clare County Council both issued warnings advising people to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary this afternoon and evening as storm force conditions are forecast.
There are traffic delays on the Corbally road out of Limerick due to a fallen tree and power lines were blown down on the Carey Road in the city.
Fallen trees and debris are also affecting the N21 on the northen side of Adare. A large number of trees have also been reported down in the Kilmallock area of the Co Limerick.
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Some flight diversions from @DublinAirport to Belfast due to wind. Passengers advised to check latest flight information with their airline.— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) November 17, 2015
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There are traffic delays on the Corbally road out of Limerick due to a fallen tree and power lines are reported down on the Carey Road in the city.
Fallen trees and debris are also affecting the N21 on the northern side of Adare. A large number of trees have also been reported down in the Kilmallock area of Co Limerick.
St. Stephen"s Green has reopened after fallen debris caused its closure due to storm force winds. pic.twitter.com/N2kqrDhedb— Micheal Mac Suibhne (@MicMacSuibh) November 17, 2015
DUBLIN Care advised on M50 in both directions due to high winds.Slow down & watch out for possible wind blown debris https://t.co/r19oH1u8F2— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 17, 2015
Please check the status of your flight from @CorkAirport in advance of travelling today due to stormy weather forecast for south of Ireland— Cork Airport (@CorkAirport) November 17, 2015
LIMERICK There are reports of fallen power lines near Ahane Church off M7 at J28 Castletroy. Take care https://t.co/r19oH1u8F2— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 17, 2015
TIPPERARY There are fallen trees on Kickham St and Mitchell St in Thurles. The Council has been notified https://t.co/r19oH1u8F2— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 17, 2015
Senior Engineer with Clare County Council Paul Moroney said the county is likely to be affected to a greater extent than most other areas and wind strengths could average up to 75km/h with gusts of up to 120km/h.
He advised people to take particular car in coastal and exposed areas.
If you see damaged Network or fallen wires DO NOT TOUCH, DO NOT GO NEAR call our emergency line 1850 372 999 or 021 2382410 immediately.— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) November 17, 2015
@M50Dublin just had an artic sway & almost topple over at the cherrywood exit,flying up the inside lane.Please be so careful driving,v scary— BluePlatesKitchen (@ChanelleClarke5) November 17, 2015
A Status Yellow warning is in place for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo with gusts of up to 110km/h likely.
AA Roadwatch said high-sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable on open or exposed roads and warned that debris could be a problem on secondary routes in particular.
Motorists are also advised to be aware of surface water on some roads following heavy rain this morning, in particular on the M6 Galway to Dublin road between Junction 1 on the M4 and Junction 5 at Tullamore, while driving conditions are said to be difficult on the M7 between Nenagh West and Castletroy.
A number of flights to/from Cork Airport have been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. https://t.co/UFgDs7EeoG— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 17, 2015
CORK:Gardai are advising care along the N72 Fermoy/Banteer Rd between Castletownroche & Mallow due to fallen debris. https://t.co/UFgDs7EeoG— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 17, 2015
Gardaí have also advised motorists to drive with care during stormy conditions.
There are reports of a number of fallen trees on minor routes around Loughrea in Co Galway and gardaí say that care is needed on exposed parts of the M6 and M18 motorways. Flooding has eased in Craughwell.
He’s big& he’s called Barney but he’s not purple and cuddly, Dangerous wind and rain expected, avoid coast/waterways, light up and be seen— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 17, 2015
Windy/stormy this aft/eve with SW veering W'ly winds bringing severe/damaging gusts with an Orange Wind Warning in op for Mun,Lein &S Conn— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 17, 2015
Meanwhile, gardaí say that nobody was injured after a tree fell on a school bus in County Wexford this evening.
The incident happened near Enniscorthy at around 4.30pm. The driver was the only occupant of the bus at the time.