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Weather warnings activated as Storm Agnes arrives in Ireland

A car driving through floodwater in Cork (Niall Carson/PA)
Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Weather warnings have been activated as Storm Agnes arrived in Ireland.

The storm, which is the first named storm of the season, is forecast to bring strong and disruptive winds until Thursday morning.

Strong winds were reported in Co Cork at 9am, with the storm expected to arrive in Northern Ireland at lunchtime.

Both Met Eireann and the Met Office have warned of the possibility of disruption to travel.

In the Republic of Ireland a status orange wind warning is in place in several counties.

A status yellow warning for rain is also in place across large areas.

In Northern Ireland a yellow warning for rain is in place until 8pm on Wednesday, with a yellow warning for high winds.

The Met Office has warned this could lead to an increased risk of flooding as the storm continues to push north and east.