A storm with winds of up to 130kmh will hit Ireland tomorrow afternoon.
A spokesperson for Met Eireann told independent.ie earlier today that it was initially thought the storm would not hit Ireland until the early hours of Friday morning.
However, it has since sped up and is expected to reach the country by tomorrow afternoon.
Earlier today, Met Eireann issued an orange weather alert.
And they are warning of potentially severe disruption and damage.
“It will be another frosty night tonight and it will be cold but bright early tomorrow morning,” Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx said today.
“But then the wet and very windy weather will push up from South West later in the day.
“It will be stormy again tomorrow evening – it will be happening earlier than we thought as it has sped up.
“The storm will reach us tomorrow afternoon or evening.
“There will be very high winds near the South West coast which will spread and this has the potential of disruption or possible damage,” he said.
The conditions will be similar to what we have experienced in the past week, and winds of up to 130kmh are anticipated.
However, it is a very different story for Christmas Day, with most of the country enjoying a respite from stormy conditions.
“Today’s going to be a much nicer day.
“The winds have eased off considerably. It is bright and dry in many areas today with some winter sunshine.
“It is a bit different in west and south west – there are some heavy showers in those areas.
“Most of the country should enjoy a bright day – but it will still be very cold and it will stay cold for the rest of day with temperatures of four to seven degrees.”
The St Stephen’s Day storm comes less than 36 hours after some 30,000 homes in the west of the country lost their power due to storm damage.
In the UK, people were evacuated from their homes on Christmas Day following flooding.
The storm conditions in the UK led to major travel disruption on Christmas Eve.
At least three people died in a number of weather-related incidents across the country.