High winds overnight have left thousands without electricity throughout Ireland today.

ESB crews are working to restore power to 6000 homes and businesses across the country.

The outages are mainly caused by fallen trees hitting power lines in strong winds last night.

The main areas affected are in the north west, west and south west.

Fallen trees blocked roads, particularly in western coastal counties, during the stormy weather, according to the AA.

Counties Donegal, Clare , Galway and Sligo all saw trees downed in the strong winds.

Power is expected to be restored to affected customers this afternoon.