An Garda Síochána is appealing to the public to take care and exercise caution as ‘Storm Barra’ impacts across the country.
As you heard, Met Éireann has issued orange and red wind warnings for counties along the west coast from 6am this morning for a 24-hour period.
Severe winds will pose the biggest risk but there will also be very heavy rain and this, in conjunction with high tides, creates a significant flood and tide-lock risk.
Gardai are advising that all unnecessary travel should be avoided in areas under red or orange level wind warnings, while schools in these areas are advised to close.
Motorists are urged to pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees, flying debris and flooded roads.
High seas and wave activity will make coastal areas hazardous, and members of the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas/cliff walks during this period.
Motorists are advised not to park any vehicle in an area that may be prone to flooding.
Householders should remove or secure patio and garden furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings.
And people are urged to stay away from any fallen power lines.
If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.
The Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue is urging farmers, fishermen and women and people in rural areas to be extra vigilant and take precautions during Storm Barra.
He's urged everyone to think "safety first" as we face into one of the strongest storms we've seen in some time.
The Minister said the fishing fleet is particularly impacted as the force of the storm will be felt most along the western coastline. Fishers should take particular care, heed all weather warnings and ensure vessels are securely berthed in advance of the storm.
The IFA is also urging farmers to take precautions over the next 48 hours.
Farmers should check their farmyards and put in place whatever safety procedures are needed to safeguard themselves and their livestock, until the storm passes.