'Slow down and be aware of debris' - Warning issued to motorists as Storm Doris hits Ireland tonight
- Storm Doris set to hit Ireland
- Strong gales and storm force winds expected
- Forecast for dangerous sea conditions
- UK bracing itself for brunt of storm
Motorists have been warned to slow down and to keep a safe distance from other vehicles, as Storm Doris hits Ireland tonight.
As strong winds and rain hit the country, AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to stay safe.
Arwen Foley from AA Roadwatch said that with Storm Doris expecting to bring very wet and windy weather they are advising motorists to follow the below advice:
- Slow down and stay a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
- Remember that high-sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable on open or exposed roads.
- To prevent your car swaying in high winds, slow down and keep your hands on the steering wheel at 10 and 2.
- Allow a large gap between you and other cars and give a wide berth to vulnerable road users; cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.
- Beware of wind-blown debris which may obstruct your view or block the road ahead.
Met Eireann have issued a rainfall warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo as up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall.
A second status yellow wind warning is in place throughout the country as winds with speeds of 65 km/h to 110km/h are expected to hit.
The weather warnings remain in place until Thursday morning.
By this evening, strong winds will arrive along south and west coasts and overnight all areas will be hit with very windy conditions.
Tomorrow, strong gales and storm force winds are expected to whip in off the north Irish Sea, making for dangerous conditions for vessels.
Storm Doris will strengthen as it moves east into Britain where the UK Met Office has dubbed Thursday 'Doris Day'.
Britain is bracing itself for potentially severe damage to buildings, power cuts and travel chaos.
Met Éireann forecaster Jean Byrne said thankfully Ireland looks set to avoid the strongest wind from Storm Doris.
A yellow weather warning has been put in place with gusts of up to 80kmh expected.
"There will be a risk of some possible damage along the south and west coasts," she said.
"We have issued a yellow warning but that is not as bad as an orange warning or a red warning.
"We certainly will not be experiencing the same strength of winds that are being forecast in Britain."
The forecaster said big ships should be able to cope with conditions in the north Irish Sea but trawlers and smaller vessels should not venture into such conditions.
An earlier forecast declared severe winds and heavy rain was on the way with some snow on the cards for the north.
Northern counties will tend to be drier for much of today but rain and drizzle will affect most other parts of the country through the day.
Met Éireann has forecast that rain is expected to turn heavier during the afternoon.
Moderate west to south-west winds are also forecast with highs of 8C or 9C across Ulster, but 10C to 13C elsewhere.
Weather from the Atlantic will come with a brief, potentially disruptive spell of weather imminent late today and early tomorrow.
Tonight, Met Éireann is forecasting heavy rain countrywide, as south-westerly winds increase to strong gale overnight, with strong gale to storm force gusts developing along western, southern and eastern coasts.
Forecasters expect rain to turn to squally showers, some thundery with a risk of hail, sleet and hill snow, especially in northern areas, as winds veer strong to gale force north-westerly.
Tomorrow will be cool and windy, and even stormy about the north Leinster and east Ulster coasts at first.