Storm Diana arrives in Ireland as flights cancelled and thousands of homes left without power

Storm Diana arrives in Ireland as flights cancelled and thousands of homes left without power

STORM Diana is already causing havoc after heavy rain and severe winds gusting over 100km/h made landfall in Ireland early on Wednesday.

A number of flights from Dublin Airport and Cork Airport have been cancelled or delayed with passengers travelling today advised to check with their airline.

Meanwhile, mass outages have been reported in counties Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary - where more than 3,000 homes and businesses are thought to be without power this morning, according to ESB Power Check.

A Status Yellow wind warning is in place across the entire country until 6pm tonight, with gusts of up to 130km/h expected as the tail-end of Storm Diana passes over Ireland.

Additionally, Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for Cork, Kerry and Waterford until midday with high seas and coastal flooding forecasted in parts.

Heavy winds are expected to reach similar levels in Clare, Galway and Wexford where the Orange warning was scheduled to come into force at 9am, lasting until 2pm this afternoon.

The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management has asked Local Authorities, the OPW, the transport sector and the Irish Coastguard to ensure they are prepared for the storm.

Motorists are being urged to drive with care and remember that pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to high winds.

In better news for commuters and travellers, Iarnród Éireann has said that trains are operating on all routes and that no issues have arisen so far as a result of Strom Diana.

Elswhere, the Department of Housing has warned that disturbed weather conditions will continue for the next five days.

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy urged people to "exercise caution" while the stormy weather continues.

Anthony Flynn from the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) charity in Dublin asked the public to report anyone who they see sleeping rough.

"Bad weather is very dangerous, we have people that could die of hypothermia, people that are exhausted out there - physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted - that are walking the streets," he said.

"People were asked to leave hostels today and had no access to day services, many facilities are closed right throughout the day.

"We are asking people to direct people towards us."