Storm Barra will continue to bring severe winds through the night, with weather warnings in place for every county.

This evening a senior forecaster with Met Éireann warned that there are many hours to go until the storm clears the country.

Gerry Murphy said the northwest and the northern half of the country will see the most severe winds overnight.

A Status Red wind alert remains in place for Clare until 1am Wednesday at which time it moves to Status Orange.

Met Éireann upgraded its warning for Dublin to Status Orange - that warning comes into effect overnight, from 1am until 7am. The forecaster says that the storm will bring widespread average wind speeds of 60-80km/ph and gusts greater than 110km/ph. It also says that there will be heavy rain, bringing risks of surface flooding and coastal flooding. Disruption to travel and power are likely.

There are also Status Orange warnings for Donegal, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Leitrim and Sligo.

A Status Yellow wind and rain warning is in effect for all of Ireland until Wednesday evening.

Schools in the worst affected counties, including Dublin, have been advised to stay closed tomorrow.

As Storm Barra continues to move to the east of the country, very strong winds will follow it.

Met Éireann says that there is a core of strong winds that will stretch from Leitrim down through the north midlands through counties Longford, Westmeath, Meath and down to Dublin.

"For the north midlands counties, they will be at the higher end of Status Yellow will some severe gusts and possibly trees down and power outages," Gerry Murphy said.

People are advised to keep up-to-date with the very latest weather warnings on the Met Éireann website.

Storm Barra has been causing transport disruption, flooding and power cuts in many areas of the country since early morning.

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O'Brien earlier said there had so far been no major incidents but he added that the storm is not over.

As very severe gusts and sustained winds set to continue throughout tonight and tomorrow morning, he urged people to continue to be vigilant.

About 23 businesses were flooded in Bantry in Co Cork, he said, with some flooding also in Waterford.

There has been some damage to property, a small amount of flooding but a lot less than would have been predicted because of the mitigation measures put in place by the emergency response teams, he said.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, he urged people to continue to stay away from the coasts.

ESB Networks said approximately 38,000 electricity customers remained with power, as of 6pm this evening.

It said some will remain without supply overnight and advised that estimated restoration times were available at PowerCheck.ie.

People are urged not to approach fallen electricity lines and if they come across them to treat them as live and contact the ESB Emergency number on 1800 372 999.

Irish Water this evening said about 26,000 customers in four water schemes in Wexford, Kerry, Cork and Donegal have been issued with a boil water notice because of Storm Barra.

Storm force winds arrived onto western coasts early this morning, with blizzard conditions for a time in the northwest today.

A wind gust of 159km/h was recorded at Fastnet Lighthouse off the south coast, while another gust of 113km/h was recorded at around 6am on Sherkin Island, located just off Cork's coast.

The UK Met Office has also issued a Status Yellow wind and rain warning for Northern Ireland and said strong winds are expected to affect most areas with the potential for travel disruption in places.


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Updates as of 9pm


Earlier this morning in Cork city, the River Lee spilled over on the city centre quays.

As well as flooded properties in Bantry, a number of fallen trees were reported in Cork and power lines have also fallen. Cork City Fire Brigade and ESB crews are busy responding to incidents across the city.

An articulated lorry blew over on the M8 at Fermoy Bridge, blocking the northbound carriageway this afternoon.

Some minor flooding in Tralee earlier this morning subsided and pumps and sandbags were in place from early morning.

Kerry County Council said a significant number of roads were closed or blocked by fallen trees, fallen electricity poles and flooding.

In Limerick city, there was some flooding by the Hunt Museum and at Merchants Quay at around 8.30am, which then subsided. The entire Shannon estuary remains a Status Red marine zone.

In Galway, a section of the route leading from the city to Salthill promenade was flooded after waves breached coastal defences during high tide.

In Galway city, local authority crews are on standby to deal with potential flooding around tonight's high tide. The City Council closed Salthill Promenade as a precaution, at around 7pm.

Meanwhile, a Status Red Marine Warning was extended northwards to Rossan Point, with west to northwest winds forecasted to reach violent storm force 11.

There was some flooding in the Dungarvan area of Co Waterford due to wave overtopping. There has been no flooding to property in the area, with the exception of one car.

The HSE has said that the Covid-19 testing centres in Letterkenny and Donegal will remain closed until 1pm tomorrow due to the Status Orange wind warning coming into effect from 2am tomorrow morning.

In Sligo the Second Sea Road is closed from 7pm until 10am tomorrow, also as a precautionary measure due to high tide and storm surge.

Bus Éireann also announced that school transport services in counties covered by the Red and Orange warnings were cancelled.

DART and train services have resumed after being suspended between Dalkey and Dún Laoghaire this morning because of trees down across the line.

Trampoline wrapped around a tree in Waterford
Trampoline wrapped around a tree Rathgormack, Co Waterford (Photo: PJ Fegan)

The Health Service Executive said that there will be a disruption to some of its services tomorrow, including Covid-19 vaccination and test centres, due to Storm Barra.

Covid-19 vaccination clinics which were due to be open in Sligo Town and Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim tomorrow have been cancelled due to Storm Barra.

They include a walk-in clinic for booster vaccines for people in the 60-69 age group as well as healthcare workers. People who had been given appointments for the clinics will be contacted by text and their appointments rescheduled "as soon as possible".

Gas Networks Ireland temporarily suspended all work, except for emergency repairs, in all counties where a Status Red weather warning was in place.