Storm Barra continues to rage as schools remain closed across Ireland

Department of Education said on Tuesday that any school currently or forecast in a red or orange alert area should remain closed.

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Schools across Ireland will remain closed on Wednesday, as the country continues to feel the impact of Storm Barra.

Weather warnings remain in place nationwide, after thousands of people were left without power as wind and rain battered parts of Ireland for hours on Tuesday.

The Department of Education said on Tuesday that any school currently or forecast to be in a red or orange alert area should remain closed on Wednesday.

It means schools in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cork and Kerry remain closed.

The warnings also cover Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Wexford.

The same advice has been issued to universities, colleges and third-level institutions, as well as childcare facilities and creches.

Dublin was also a late addition to the list of school closures, after a fresh orange wind warning was issued starting from 1am on Wednesday and lasting until 7am.

It is expected that some people will remain without power on Wednesday and possibly into the coming days, after ESB reported that about 38,000 homes were without power on Tuesday.

While officials and businesses have started assessing the damage from the storm, Met Eireann has said that winds will not fully abate until later in the day.

Weather forecast:

Today:

A generally windy day, with early gales in the west and southwest, perhaps severe in coastal Wales. Showers affecting most areas, some heavy and with some more persistent bands of showery rain especially across Wales. A little brightness or sunshine.

Tonight:

Showery rain and showers easing for many, clearer spells allowing patchy frost, mostly in the north. However parts of northwest England and the northwest Midlands likely to keep some showers.

Thursday:

Showers continuing to ease away northeastwards, many parts fine for a time. Rain returning to western parts by afternoon and central areas later. Mostly fairly chilly, milder in southwest later.