Storm Brendan leaves thousands of properties powerless

There are over 3 thousand 3 hundred homes without power in the region as Storm Brendan rumbles on.

Over 75 houses are without power in the Bundoran area of south Donegal, 151 in Killybegs as well as 165 in Glenties.

More than 1300 are without power in the Drumshanbo/Arigna area, 205 in Enniscrone area of West Sligo, almost 1,400 in the Ballymote area, 65 Aghagad, 121 in Tubbercurry area and about 100 in Charlestown.

The Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo remains in place midnight tonight.

As Storm Brendan tracks away from Ireland, southwesterly winds will continue to reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts of 100 to 130 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

Gale to storm force south to southwest winds will affect all areas, with severe and damaging gusts.

Heavy rain will clear to a mix of clear spells and squally showers of rain and hail, with the ongoing risk of thunder.

Highest temperatures 7 to 10 degrees.

Head of Forecasting with Met Eireann Evelyn Cusack, says the North West may even experience some red level winds this evening.