West and North expected to be worst hit as Storm Ophelia changes path

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami has said the worst hit areas in Ireland will be counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, and Sligo as Storm Ophelia has shifted path. 

All counties have been issued with a Status Red wind warning - and the public is being urged to remain indoors unless absolutely necessary.

The Government's National Emergency Co-Ordination Group is due to meet again at 10.30 this morning.

Minister for state at the department, Damien English, wants people to pay attention to their warnings and stay safe: