DUBLIN, Ireland - On Wednesday, Ireland faced the impact of the first major named storm of the season, as Storm Ali blew in, bringing strong winds that wrecked havoc across several counties.
The strong winds along Atlantic coastal counties brought by the storm on Wednesday were forecast to move quickly eastwards.
The Met Eireann has already issued its second highest level of warnings for several counties.
Currently, a Status Orange warning is in place for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.
Further, the Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning for the rest of the country.
According to forecasters, gusts of up to 143km/h have hit Mace Head in Galway, while south to southwest winds will increase to speeds of over 80km/h.
On Wednesday, local authorities said that over 140,000 homes and businesses are without power after the storm blew in, uprooting trees and bringing down electricity poles.
Officials said that ESB crews were said to be headed to the sites where faults have occurred, but said that repair work would begin when it is safe to do so.
Most of the U.K. bound flights, apart from several others were cancelled from the Dublin Airport on Wednesday morning.
Authorities were urging people to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport.
Further, a number of sailings to and from Dublin and Holyhead were cancelled by Irish Ferries due to adverse weather conditions.
In Galway, the Bus ireann said that all Galway city services will not operate until further notice.
Even the Iarnrd ireann warned customers to expect delays due to storm related works.
According to an update in RTE, rail lines between Dundalk and Drogheda, Carrick on Shannon and Boyle and Clara and Tullamore have all been temporarily shut.
The Road Safety Authorityurged motorists to check local weather and traffic conditions.