Video: Garda footage shows massive tree branch crash into patrol car

A screengrab from the in-patrol car video (Via Garda Siochana/Facebook)
A screengrab from the in-patrol car video (Via Garda Siochana/Facebook)

As gale-force winds batter large parts of the country, Garda have shared footage of a patrol car's close call with a falling branch during high winds to warned motorists to stay safe this evening.

The south-west of the country is bracing itself for the gusty arrival of Storm Barney.

Met Eireann has issued a ‘Orange Alert’ weather warning for Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, Kerry, Clare, and Limerick, saying these regions can expect gust speeds to reach upwards of 100-125 km/hr along the coast this Tuesday afternoon.

These ferocious winds will continue throughout the day, hovering around 70 km/h inland, and will turn eastwards early tonight at around 9 pm.

A status yellow warning has also been issued for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

Gardaí are advising motorists to drive with care during the stormy conditions, and have asked for anyone spotting "falling or fallen debris" to contact their local garda station.

In a video posted its official Facebook page, a Garda spokesperson shared a near miss incident involving one of its Burglary Response units.

"Be careful out there! Severe weather warning in place!!

"Damage caused to Garda Burglary Response car in Blanchardstown on November 12th in high winds - expect the unexpected and drive safely if travelling in such conditions."