A stark warning to stay away from the Meath coastline over the next few hours has been issued by the Irish Coast Guard, amid fears of coastal flooding and dangerous giant waves.
Met Eireann has issued an orange weather warning for the county for tonight and large waves, high tides and low pressure are likely to lead to some coastal flooding.
Meath County Council said today they had crews on standby in case of flooding or other problems resulting from high tides and stormy conditions.
Meath, Louth, Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Wexford and Wicklow are included in the weather warning and the Coast Guard is warning the public not to go out on beaches, exposed coasts, piers, harbour walls, promenades or any other coastal areas in light of the orange weather warning.
They point out that beaches, coastal paths, piers and promenades that are normally safe can be prone to sudden large waves breaking onto the land posing hazards to anyone close to the shoreline.
Last Saturday massive waves threw up rubble and stones from the beach onto the square in Bettystown and the coast road from Mornington to Drogheda was closed due to flooding.
Meath County Council are warning motorists and pedestrians to take particular care at L-16014-0 at the Obelisk Bridge, at the R152.63 Boolies Great and the R150 outside Drogheda Grammar School as there may be a risk of flooding in those areas.
Otherwise, the usual advice for the public is that high winds may cause fallen trees and debris on roads so care should be taken when driving. The weather warning issued by Met Éireann said another Atlantic storm depression will approach Ireland later tonight. Southeast to east winds of mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h, will gust 95 to 115 km/h at times.
If you do see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the shore, cliffs, lakes or rivers dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.