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Yellow warning issued as Storm Doris batters the country

It's a wild one out there today
It's a wild one out there today

Met Eireann has issued a status yellow warning for Laois as Storm Doris continues to batter us today.

The wind alert is valid until around midday with gusts of up to 110km/h expected in all areas across the county.

The storm is also expected to bring heavy rainfall with it and the ESB estimates that around 46,000 people are currently without power nationwide. Although, there have been no reported outages in the O’Moore County so far.

Downed trees caused major commuting problems this morning, especially towards Dublin with AA Roadwatch reporting problems across Laois, Kildare and Meath.

They are warning motorists to slow down today and to keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

Commuters are also asked to keep an eye out for any potential debris or damage.

There is a tree down outside Portarlington on the Portlaoise Rd (R419) and emergency services are at the scene.

The stormy weather across Ireland and the UK has also caused the cancellation of flights and ferry crossing with providers urging customers to check the status of their flights.

A total of 12 Aer Lingus flights have been cancelled and others are delayed.

However, winds are due to gradually moderate throughout the day.

While further Atlantic gusts will bring more rain and wind through the weekend and into next week, they are not expected to reach the heights of Doris.

Looking ahead, our weather will stay changeable and unsettled for the rest of the week, and into next week too.

Temperatures will hit 6 to 9 degrees throughout the day, but the wind chill will mean it will feel even colder than that.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.