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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: dangerous driving conditions ahead as storm hits our shores; two injured in Dublin shooting; this week’s Qantas disaster has knocked £1bn from value of engine-maker Rolls-Royce.

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Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your coffee.

1. #WEATHER: Coastal areas are preparing for the effects of tomorrow’s storm. Flood alerts have been issued for parts of Dublin and Galway, but Cork and Waterford could also be affected by the severe weather. AA Roadwatch has also warned of dangerous driving conditions over the weekend as a result of the storm.

2. #SHOOTING: Gardaí are investigating a shooting in Tallaght, Co Dublin, last night in which two men in their 30s were injured. Those injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

3. #NORTHERN IRELAND: Two PSNI officers were injured in a bomb attack in west Belfast late last night. The officers were investigating a robbery when a coffee-jar bomb was thrown at them.

4. #HAITI: At least seven people have died as a result of Hurricane Tomas, the centre of which has passed over the island. Some experts fear ongoing rain continues to pose a threat, as some of the refugee camps set up after January’s earthquake are already under inches of  water. The country continues to tackle a cholera outbreak, which has killed over 400 people.

5. #IRISH ROADS: A female pedestrian in her 50s has died after being struck by a car at Ballydangan, between Ballinasloe and Athlone, yesterday evening. The road remains closed with diversions in place.

6. #MISSING: A man who fled from Kerry with his mother’s dead body may have travelled to England with her remains.

7. #TERRORISM: The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for two parcel bombs discovered on cargo planes bound for the US a week ago. One device was discovered at an airport in England, and the second was found in Dubai.

8. #QANTAS: Over £1bn has been wiped from the value of Rolls-Royce shares after one of its engines exploded during a Qantas airline flight. The airline says it does not believe it is the victim of sabotage, after a second jumbo jet suffered engine failure in the space of two days.

9. #OBAMA: US President Barack Obama has arrived in Mumbai, India, for the first part of a 10-day tour which will also take in Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. The president and his wife will stay at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of the scenes of the 2008 terrorist attack in the city.

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