Met Éireann reports that strong gales between force 5 and 6 are developing this morning on all coasts and on the Irish Sea, with northerly gales set to develop on western and southern coasts this afternoon, and speeds in most places expected to reach force 8 or 9.
Winds may even reach storm force 10 between Roche's Point and Slyne Head by the end of the day.
In addition, Irish Coast Guard manager Declan Geoghegan told the Press Association that local flooding is likely throughout the country - especially in Connacht, which may experience up to 60mm of rainfall - and warned the public not to attempt crossing fast-running rivers or fords.
“The combination of tides, forecasted high winds in the coming days and swollen rivers may result in very dangerous conditions," he said.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.