WARNING: Met Eireann issue weather warning for Christmas weekend

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A mother with three of her children and their grandmother had a miracle escape when this very large tree was blown on to the car in which they were travelling at Block Rd., Portlaoise at the height of the storm on Wednesday evening, Collette Brennan from Ballylinan, was accompanied by her mother Mary and three of her children,Ella 12, Eoin 8 and 13 week old Ollie- Liam, at the time and although very shocked were able to exit the vehicle.

Met Eireann have issued a 'status yellow' weather warning for the Christmas weekend. 

While Dundalk was hit by a frost overnight, a potentially stormy spell of weather is likely later this week and over the Christmas weekend.

In particular, Friday looks like bringing stormy weather, with the north and west most at risk, but the details are still uncertain at this stage.

A YELLOW level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action.

It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.