The storm is now over but thunderstorms, hail and even snow could be on the way overnight, says the forecaster, with cold temperatures set to cause a frost by dawn and dreadful driving conditions.
Swell surges at sea of up to TEN METRES have also been recorded (our picture was taken earlier at Bloody Foreland).
“The winds recorded at Malin Head today are way above hurricane levels,” said a Met spokesman.
“There will be thunder storms later this evening with the possibility of many wintry showers. It will settle down a little later and it will turn colder overnight with some frost by dawn.”
The wind speed at Malin Head was 105 miles per hour – or 91 knots.
ESB teams are working to restore power to 9,000 homes in the North West, with around 500 still affected.
Eircom is trying to repair telephone lines to 430 homes in Co Donegal.
Trees were removed from roads right across the county after one of the worst storms seen in the county in years with local farmers and council staff getting together in acts of community spirit.
Householders and businesses are reporting some structural damage. Earlier a child’s trampoline was lying across the road near Termon in the north of the county.
Donegaldaily.com will keep you up to date with weather developments throughout the night but the worst is now over.
our earlier report is here: