Status red weather warning issued for two counties
The warning remains in place until tomorrow evening.
As Storm Barra arrives on Irish shores, the Irish Meteorological Service has issued a Red Wind Warning for Cork and Kerry.
In a tweet, Met Éireann said: "A red wind warning is now in place for Cork and Kerry, as Storm Barra brings widespread strong and damaging winds to Ireland tomorrow and Wednesday.
"Orange and Yellow warnings in place elsewhere."
The warning was issued this afternoon and remains in place until 9pm tomorrow evening.
The full warning reads: "Storm Barra: Southwesterly winds later veering northwesterly will reach mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with severe or damaging gusts in excess of 130km/h. Due to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected. Disruption to power and travel are likely."
A red wind warning is now in place for #Cork and #Kerry, as #StormBarra brings widespread strong and damaging winds to Ireland tomorrow & Wednesday.
Orange and Yellow warnings in place elsewhere ⚠️
Follow local safety advice⚠️ℹ️ https://t.co/XGJxZFdDKs pic.twitter.com/s9y2fSW5re
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 6, 2021
There is currently a Status Orange Wind Warning in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo and Wexford.
Winds will reach speeds of 65 to 80km/h, and locals can expect damaging gusts of 100 to 130km/h.
Coastal flooding is expected, as is disruption to power and travel. This warning remains in place until 6am on Wednesday morning.
A Status Orange Wind Warning has also been issued for Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and East Meath. This warning will stay in place until tomorrow at 1pm.
Additionally, a Status Yellow Wind and Rain Warning has been issued to the entire country as heavy rains bring the risk of flooding.
In Northern Ireland, a Yellow Wind and Rain Warning applies to Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry.
Earlier today, Met Éireann's Head of Forecasting, Evelyn Cusack, spoke to RTÉ's Claire Byrne about the dangers posed by the extreme weather conditions.
Ms Cusack said that Storm Barra poses a "danger to life risk" as it brings flooding to Ireland over the next few days.