STORM BRENDAN: 4,000 without power in Wicklow, trees down and trampoline loose on motorway
The main thrust of Storm Brendan is moments away from hitting Wicklow and already there are reports of trees down and debris on the road as the county is battered by high winds and heavy rains.
Brendan has already hit the South West coast, with winds of up to 130kph, driving rain and heavy hail showers. The storm has already caused severe damage, with roofs ripped off buildings in Youghal and Ballincollig with roads closed in parts.
It is estimated already up to 50,000 people are without power, of which more than 4,000 are in the Wicklow with those on high ground particulary affected.
There are reports of trees down on many rural roads and around the mountain roads and another on the Herbert Road in Bray which is now blocking traffic.
Driving conditions on the M11 have become treacherous over the past hour.
The main Waterford to Limerick road is currently closed after numerous tree falls blocking the road. A large tree came down at a roundabout near Clonmel, while multiple trees have fallen on the N24 at Carrick-on-Suir blocking the road.
The main street in Ballincollig has been closed after serious damage was caused to the roof of an industrial building in the town centre, while a popular public house in Youghal has seen some of its roof ripped off.
Emergency services are advising people to stay indoors until the storm passes this afternoon and to be prepared for possible thundery conditions and power cuts.