Met Éireann warn of 'severe and damaging' gale force winds ahead of Storm Atiyah 8 months ago

Met Éireann warn of 'severe and damaging' gale force winds ahead of Storm Atiyah

Batten down the hatches, etc.

Met Éireann has warned of severe gale force winds today ahead of Storm Atiyah's arrival.

The storm is due to arrive this afternoon and stick around until later tonight, bringing with it very strong winds, a bit of rain, and maybe even some thunder.

A status orange wind warning has already been issued for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick, with a status yellow warning issued for the rest of the country.

A status yellow rainfall warning has also been issued for Donegal.

As the storm travels down from Iceland today it's set to bring strong west to southwest winds that will only increase to gale force winds in the western areas this afternoon.

Severe and damaging gusts are expected to developed as the day continues on, especially in the southwest. There is also potential for coastal flooding, particularly in the west.

Blustery showers are likely across the country, with the odd bit of hail and thunder.

But it's the east of the country that will get the worst of the wind once the nighttime comes, as the storm travels across the country, eventually abating by the time Monday morning comes.

Temperatures will reach highs of 8 degrees.