Storm update: Power returned to 5,000 Donegal homes -1,000 still effected

As strong winds hit Donegal this afternoon, power cuts and falling debris are increasing across the county.

The ESB now says over 5,000 homes in Donegal have had their power returned in the Letterkenny and Ballyraine and  Killybegs areas

The 1,000 effected homes and businesses are in the Glenties, Convoy, Ballyshannon and Gortlee areas.

Gardai are urging motorists to be aware of fallen trees and other debris.

Meanwhile, the Blaney Bridge over Mulroy Bay has been closed until further notice, while in Derry, the Foyle Bridge has closed to Heavy Goods Vehicles, with a 40mph speed limit for all other vehicles.

Offshore islands have been particularly badly affected, speaking on today's Shaun Doherty Show, Arranmore based Priest Fr John Joe Duffy said the conditions are quite bad this afternoon