The winds are gaining strength and businesses are closing all around the county.
The damage of Ophelia has already started as Natasha Donovan has taken to Twitter to share this post about an electricity line that has already blown down in her garden in Laois.
Serious gusts here in Ballacolla, South Laois. Trees down in local, rural areas. Electricity gone in nearby towns too. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/7YmriG3K0Y— Shane Ó Meachair (@someachair) October 16, 2017
Gardaí have urged the public NOT to touch fallen wires and to assume that they are live.
The public have been told to stay indoors and not to make unnecessary journeys.
Final preparations are in place in advance of the expected severe weather today. pic.twitter.com/zINqqrpPd6— Laois Civil Defence (@LaoisCivilDefen) October 16, 2017
It has been reported that there is a tree down on the Ballyfin Road near Glenbarrow.
Please send us your updates from damage occurring around the county.