School officials are surveying the damage after winds of more than 100 k/phr blew off a large section of a secondary school roof in Lucan, Co Dublin early this morning.
The section of the metal roof measuring approximately 30 feet by 60 feet was ripped off the front part of Colaiste Cois Life on Castle Road by galeforce winds.
The roof blew over the two-storey school and landed in a twisted heap on the school's parking lot with sections of roof felt and insulation strewn all over the school yard.
School principal Tomas O Donnagain said the school's alarm went off around 4am which is when he believes the devastating winds struck.
"The roof just peeled off," he told Independent.ie.
Another section of the metal roof is still dangling perilously on top of the building, prompting Mr O Donnagain to order any passersby to keep away from the site in case strong winds - which continue to blow - send the roof section flying.
He is currently at the site awaiting insurance assessors to arrive to assess the amount of damage and begin repairs.
But he said at least four classrooms on the second floor of the school are badly damaged and may have suffered water damage as rain leaks in through the roof.
However he said the school should be able to open normally when classes resumes in January.