Updated: 16/10/17 : 13:37:50Printable Version
One person has died as a result of storm Ophelia and almost 170,000 homes are without power.
The woman in her mid-20s was killed when the car she was driving was struck by a falling tree outside Aglish village in Co Waterford on the R671 this morning at 11.40am.
Another woman in her mid-50s was injured and has been removed to Waterford Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Emergencies services are still at scene.
Gardaí are urging motorists to stay indoors and not to travel unless your journey is absolutely necessary.
They said: "Weather conditions in West Waterford and Waterford city are currently described as severe and reports of numerous falling trees due to high winds."
Hurricane wind speeds of 190 kilometres an hour have been recorded at Fastnet rock off the south Cork coast.
Schools, universities, small businesses, and some health centres are shut, with many employees being urged to stay at home.