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8,000 without power as Storm Dennis kicks in with strong winds, ‘severe’ gusts and coastal flooding 

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Some 8,000 homes are without power this evening as Storm Dennis continues to batter the country.

A status orange wind warning warning came into effect at 10am this morning and will be valid until 3am on Monday in Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

About 8,000 properties have been left without power due to outages caused by lightning damage.

An ESB spokesperson said that restoration works will be carried out throughout the evening.

It will be very windy nationwide today with winds of 60 to 80 km/h and “severe gusts” of up to 120km/h and a yellow wind weather warning is in place for the entire country.

The wind will be the strongest on exposed hills and coasts and there is a risk of coastal flooding.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, meterologist Gerry Murphy advised the public to “take care”.

“Storm Dennis will continue to make presence felt throughout the day, particularly in the west. Do heed the warnings and take care.

“As for today, very windy everywhere with strong and gusty winds and severe or damaging gusts,” he said.

There will be some spells of sunshine throughout the day but showers will bring a risk of thunder.

Temperatures will reach highs of six to nine degrees and tonight will see more strong winds and stormy conditions, however, the winds will ease later in the night.

“It will be quite cold with lowest temperatures of 1 - 4 degrees tonight,” said Mr Murphy.

Monday will be a cold and blustery day with some sunshine and widespread heavy showers of rain or hail with a risk of thunder. The wind will be more settled however it may be strong in coastal areas.

Temperatures will reach highs of five to eight degrees and they will drop into the night.

“It will become very cold tomorrow night and into Tuesday so showers will turn more wintry,” said Mr Murphy.

Tuesday will see more wintry conditions and on Tuesday night will be particularly cold with frost in places and temperatures of zero to four degrees.

The rest of the week will remain unsettled however temperatures will range from 10 to 11 degrees and rain is predicted for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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