Ophelia winds to get stronger in midlands
Met Éireann has warned that the winds will pick up significantly in Laois in the next couple of hours as Hurricane Ophelia moves north.
Forecaster Gerry Murphy said the Midlands was in store for strenghten significantly as the storm abates in Munster. He listed Laois as one of a number of counties where gusts would increase in strength.
He said Laois and other counties have had relatively light winds so far but they would pick up.
"These inland areas there are a lot of trees and buildings not used to winds like this so the midlands and the north midlands need to be very careful over the next few hours," he said speaking to Joe Duffy on a special edition of RTÉ Livelines.
The storm has caused damage with many tree falls and roads closed already in Laois - several power outages have already been reported.
MORE DETAILS FROM Laois Emergency Response team here