Tree lands on car in Offaly as Storm Ali strikes

A tree has landed on a car in Co. Offaly this morning (Wednesday, September 19), as Storm Ali hits the country.

The incident occurred on the Kilbeggan to Clara Road.

Recorded by Gardai through the Garda Siochana Twitter page, the police force noted that one occupant of the car suffered minor injuries.

Gardai have urged road users to drive carefully.

The storm has motivated Met Eireann to issue a Status Orange weather warning for wind for 17 counties across the northern, western and midlands regions.

The wind warning will be in force for Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and Kerry.

Storm Ali will track close to the west and north-west coast this morning. South to south-west winds veering westerly will increase to mean speeds between 65kph and 80kph, with gusts between 110kph and 120kph for a time.

The core of strong winds will be along Atlantic coasts at first and will then move quickly eastwards during the morning.

Issued yesterday evening at 4:00pm, the warning will be valid from 5:00am through to 1:00pm today.

The weather has prompted the National Ploughing Association to delay the opening of day two of the National Ploughing Championships to 11:00am, with crowds already gathering, waiting to be allowed inside when conditions allow.