Warning that 80kmh winds could cause damage as Storm Doris hits
- 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
Storm Doris is set to hit Ireland tonight with warnings that high winds could cause damage in the west and south of the country.
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'.
Cloudy, persistent rain/drzl., patchy in S. & SW. Hill & coastal fg. Drier in N. & NW, bright spells. rain later. Highs 9/13C, mod. W. winds— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 22, 2017
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.