Storm Brendan is raging across the country this afternoon and it is making its presence felt in Laois too.
High winds associated with the weather event have taken down trees around the county.
In Portlaoise, a large tree has fallen down on the Stradbally Road.
Its branches are protruding out onto the road which takes you up to the roundabout towards the schools.
In Mountmellick, another tree has fallen and is blocking the road outside the town.
According to Met Eireann, the worst of the storm should be passed by 3pm.
They say: “A Status Orange Wind Warning is now in place for the entire country today (13th). It’s valid for Connacht, Donegal and Kerry until 9pm, and for all other counties until 3pm.
“Particular caution is advised on the coasts: a Status Red Marine Warning for gales is in place for all coastal waters, with a significant risk of coastal flooding.
“Watch out for wind-blown debris on the roads, and give extra space to vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Strong cross-winds may affect control of your vehicle so slow down.
“Only drive through standing water if you’re sure it’s not too deep for your car.”
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