LIVE BLOG: Storm Emma hits Ireland - country goes into shutdown
Status Red alert issued for the entire country
All schools, colleges and third level institutions will close nationwide today
People urged to be home by early afternoon on Thursday and stay indoors until Friday 3pm
Taoiseach urges people to pay heed to warning
Storm poses serious threat to life
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