STORM BARRA UPDATE: Rainfall warning for Kilkenny, severe winds continue, local colleges close
The tail end of Storm Barra will continue to batter the country this morning, with severe winds and weather warnings in place for every county.
A status yellow rainfall warning remains in place in Kilkenny and the rest of the country until this evening.
However, Kilkenny and the south east escaped the worst of the overnight severe winds that hit the north and north west.
A status red alert for Clare was downgraded to status orange at 1am.
Met Éireann upgraded its warning for Dublin to status orange – but this is due to to end at 7am.
There are also status orange warnings for neighbouring Waterford and Wexford and counties Donegal, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Mayo, Leitrim and Sligo.
Schools in the worst affected counties, including Dublin, have been advised to stay closed today.
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) confirmed in a statement that it will reopen tomorrow following advice from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Staff and students are reminded to check email, the website and social media for further updates.