Lorenzo threatens 'ferocious' wave surges and winds
Ireland is bracing itself for Hurricane Lorenzo to sweep over the country in the form of a tropical storm, with winds of up to 100kmh and dangerous sea surges expected.
The storm, set to drop from a monster category five hurricane to a tropical storm by tomorrow, is now expected to track past Ireland's west coast - or, in a worst-case scenario, sweep directly across the country.
Met Éireann is due to make a fresh assessment this morning with detailed alerts to follow up to a possible Status Red.
It warns very wet conditions, very strong winds, high waves and flooding along coastlines and inland areas can be expected from tomorrow afternoon to Friday morning.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy ordered a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group to prepare for the worst that the first of the winter season storms may bring.
Western and northern counties are expected to be worst affected as Lorenzo pushes waves characterised as "high" or "phenomenal" across the Atlantic. "They could be quite ferocious, very dangerous," he said.