A status orange wind warning has been issued for six counties between tomorrow evening and Friday morning due to the expected arrival of Storm Lorenzo.
The orange is warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick and will be in place from 6pm on Thursday to 3am on Friday morning.
Dublin is expected to miss the worst of Lorenzo has has only been issued a yellow wind warning which will be in place from 9am tomorrow until 6am on Friday morning.
Met Éireann say southwesterly winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds 65 to 80km/h, with gusts generally of 100 to 130km/h, higher in coastal regions.
Storm surges are expected to produce coastal flooding and damage.
A yellow rainfall warning for Ireland will be in place between 9am tomorrow and 9am on Friday.
A meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group to discuss nationwide preparations for the expected arrival of the storm is taking place this morning.
Meteorologist’s Commentary from Met Eireann:
“Lorenzo is currently bringing hurricane force winds to the Azores, with gusts to 140 km/h recorded.
“The effects of Storm Lorenzo will begin to be felt across Ireland from midday Thursday, peaking late Thursday evening and Thursday night, easing Friday morning.”