ALERT: Storm Brendan impact being felt with winds already reaching nearly 100km/h in Kildare

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Met Éireann satellite image of Storm Brendan

Met Éireann's latest weather station reports show that Storm Brendan winds are gusting at nearly 100km/h in Kildare.

A report from a weather observation station on Sherkin Island recorded gusts at 96km/h at 9am on Monday morning. Average speed was were exceeding 70km/h on the Cork island.

The storm is set to bring winds of 130km/h and higher in parts of the country.

Satellite images published by Met Éireann reveal its scale and position on Monday morning.

Status Orange wind warnings are in place for all 26 counties.

National forecast issued by Met Éireann at 8.35am on Monday, January 13.

TODAY - MONDAY 13 JANUARY
Storm Brendan will bring extreme winds and heavy rain today. Status Orange wind warnings in force for all counties with status Red warnings in operation for marine areas. Winds may reach stronger levels locally and for limited time periods. Gale force southerly winds will extend countrywide during the morning, with severe and damaging gusts. Heavy rain will extend from the Atlantic, thundery at times. There will be coastal flooding due to a combination of onshore winds, spring tides and storm surge. Clearer conditions, with squally showers of rain and hail, will follow from the west during the afternoon, with the ongoing risk of thunder. Winds will veer southwesterly with the clearance and ease somewhat, although it will remain windy with stormy conditions persisting on coasts. Highest temperatures 7 to 10 degrees.

TONIGHT
Tonight will be cold with temperatures falling as low as 1 or 2 degrees despite a persisting fresh southwest wind. It'll be mainly dry with just isolated showers, mainly retreating to coasts of the west and north but at times carried further eastwards by the winds. Some showers may turn wintry and there will be a risk of frost.