Malin Head reported a gust of 66knots (122kmph) between 12-1pm.
There are trees down in a number of areas including near Glenties, Drumkeen, Ardara, Ballyshannon and Ramelton as ex-Hurricane Katia hits the county.
At one stage a huge trampoline was blocking the road from Dunfanaghy to Falcarragh – blown from a garden.
And just moments after Met Eireann said the winds probably wouldn’t affect power supplies, the ESB reported 6,000 homes had lost power and telephone lines are now also down in many areas in the west of the county.
ESB told donegaldaily.com that power has biw been restored to 5,800 homes, with just 200 homes in the county now without a supply – but ESB emergency crews say more cuts could happen throughout the afternoon.
The Mulroy Bridge is closed and the AA is warning motorists to slow down following reports to this website from several drivers that some other road users are “driving as mad as usual.”
Peter O’Donnell from irishweatheronline had just reported: “We are expecting winds to gradually decrease this evening although it will remain very gusty for the next few hours.”
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