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Dublin: 9°C Tuesday 26 January 2021

Storm Barbara winds so strong they blew a window off Facebook's HQ

The centre of the storm tracked very close to Ireland yesterday.

STORM BARBARA has hit Ireland hard over the past few days.

Reports from around the country of disruption caused by the stormy weather conditions came in yesterday, including delays to transport networks and debris causing tailbacks on the roads.

23/12/2016. Facebook - storm damage. Pictured a pa The scene at Facebook HQ as a pain of glass swings in the wind. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The Dublin Fire Brigade was called to attend the scene when the winds caused a pane of glass at Facebook’s HQ, beside the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, to swing dangerously.

The fire brigade said the glass posed an “immediate risk” before the scene was made safe.

23/12/2016. Facebook - storm damage. Pictured a pa Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Ireland may now have escaped the worst of Storm Barbara, but people are still being warned to take care.

While today’s highs of 110km/hr winds in the west of the country won’t top the heights hit yesterday as the status “orange” weather warning from Met Éireann has been reduced to a status “yellow”, caution is still being urged with the strongest winds on the coasts.

The Coast Guard had the simple safety message of “stay back, stay high and stay dry” for people anywhere near coastal areas over the next few days.

AA Roadwatch also warns that wind-blown debris is likely to be a problem on secondary roads in particular.

The latest Met Éireann forecast for Christmas day says that it will start mild with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

The rain will become more widespread throughout the country in the afternoon with highest temperatures of between 11 and 13 degrees. Tomorrow night, lowest temperatures could be just above freezing, at between 1 and 4 degrees.

storm barbara The centre of the storm can now be seen above Scotland Source: Earth Wind Maps

Read: Heading home for Christmas? Here’s everything you need to know about Storm Barbara

Read: 15 tweets that sum up Ireland during Storm Barbara

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