Donegal is being battered by the first big winter storm of the year.

Motorists are being advised to drive with care – there are reports of a tree down near Creeslough.

The National Roads Authority has warned that gust of up to 90 - 120 kph could be experienced in Donegal.

Met Eireann has issued a status orange alert.

South-westerly gales of between force 8 to storm force 10 off the coast will abate during the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Households in the west of the county were particularly badly affected and several hundred properties experienced power cuts.

However, these were only of a short nature with most getting electricity back after a short period of time.

Much of the country had been hit by high winds – and flights were suspended at Dublin Airport.

Friday will see more wind and rain with temperatures of up to 12 degrees.

But Saturday will be much cooler as temperatures will barely get above four degrees.

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