Many schools in County Donegal will close on Thursday as a result of the Status Red wind warning issued by Met Eireann.

The Department of Education and Skills has advised schools to consider closing if a Status Red alert coincides with the times when students and staff would be travelling to or from school.

With gusts of up to 150km\h expected and coastal areas set to be among the worst affected, a large number of Donegal schools have already informed parents that they will remain closed.

The Status Red weather warning applies until 12.00noon Thursday.

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