Storm Brendan, Follow our live updates as storm moves across country.
Atlantic Storm Brendan arrived over Ireland on Monday morning bringing gusts of almost 100km/h over counties in the northeast.
A status orange weather alert is in place for the entire country as high winds and heavy rain are forecast on Monday.
Met Éireann said a gust of 96km/h has already been recorded at Belmullet, Co Mayo by 7am on Monday morning.
Galway City Council tweeted shortly after 7am that high tide in the city had passed “without any significant incident of flooding”. It reported “some wave overtopping” at Salthill and Silverstrand with water levels reaching the top of the quay walls at the docks and fishmarket.
Galway City Council’s Gary McMahon told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland that while the morning high tide had passed, the full force of the storm had not yet hit.
Mr McMahon advised the public to exercise extreme caution in shore areas and to follow the Coastguard advice to “stay high, stay back, stay safe”. Sections of the sea front at Salthill promenade have been closed and an enforced boom at Spanish Arch was “very effective”, he said.
School closures have already been reported in parts of Cork, Mayo and Galway including schools in Tuam, Clifden and Cashel. However, many schools reported waiting for the national warning to move from status orange to red before calling off classes on Monday.
Monday’s orange warning for Connacht, Donegal and Kerry will remain in force until 9pm while the second, which applies to Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, will be in place between 8am and 3pm, according to the forecaster.
Strong gale force to storm-force southerly winds will develop on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea, reaching violent storm force at times in the west, said Met Éireann. There is also a huge risk of coastal flooding due to high seas and large spring tides, it said.