A Status Orange wind warning for counties Mayo, Donegal and Galway is in place this morning while the rest of the country is under a yellow wind warning as storm Erik hits our shores with damaging wind gusts expected of up to 130kmh.

Met Eireann is warning that parts of the country will face a "potentially disruptive period of weather".

The Status Orange warning is in place until 1pm today.

The yellow warning is valid until 6am on Saturday.

South-west to west winds will reach average speeds of 65kmh to 80kmh, with some severe or damaging gusts of 110kmh to 130kmh.

Mayo County Council is advising that the Belmullet to Blacksod road (R313) is closed at Bundolla due to the high tide and will reopen when the tide recedes.

The Shore Road in Belmullet is also closed and will reopen when the tide recedes.

Galway city council has closed the Prom in Salthill this morning because of flooding due to high tides.

The Prom has been closed from Leisureland to Grattan Road as a result.

 

 

The Coast Guard has asked the public to "heed the warnings and take appropriate action". It is is asking users of smaller vessels to pay particular attention to the weather warnings and for the general public to be mindful of the risks on exposed areas - in particular piers, walkways and cliff areas.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has advised the following facilities will be closed today: Connemara National Park, Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, Derryclare Nature Reserve, Old Head Nature Reserve, Laughil Wood, near Pontoon and Knochma Wood, near Tuam.

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