Storm Atiyah (Image: WXCharts)

Storm Atiyah expected to generate very strong and damaging gusts

Met Eireann has warned the public to expect very windy conditions across the country today associated with Storm Atiyah. A Status RED warning has been issued for Kerry with with severe and damaging gusts of up to 80km/ph expected later this afternoon with gusts over 100 km/ph possibe in some coastal areas. Due to a combination of high seas and storm surge there is a possibility of coastal flooding.

A Status Yellow warning is currently in place (until 6am tomorrow) for Meath and the entire country while a Status Orange wind warning is in place for south and western couties including Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Limerick.

Storm Atiyah (Ah-tee-ya) is tracking between Iceland and Ireland today, and will generate very strong winds across the country. Southwesterly winds, later veering northwesterly, will reach mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 130km/h, possibly higher in exposed coastal areas.

There is also potential for coastal flooding. Blustery, squally showers, some heavy with hail and thunder, will alternate with bright or sunny spells. Winds will be strongest in eastern areas after dark, with strong gale to storm force winds continuing on western coasts. Highest temperatures of 6 to 8°C.

Tonight will continue very windy with strong to gale force west to northwest winds with strong gusts. Frequent showers will continue at first but they will gradually become isolated overnight. Strong winds will abate towards dawn. Temperatures of between 3 and 7 °C.

Gardai have also issued an appeal to the public to be vigilant as extreme weather approaches. 

"Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians should be aware of the danger posed by high winds as they are particularly vulnerable.  Drivers of high sided vehicles should take all necessary precautions and pay attention to the warnings.

"We ask people living near coastal, cliff and waterway areas, particularly those with children, to be extra cautious considering the gusty winds forecast.

"Please heed the Met Éireann warnings and be aware of local prevailing weather conditions. More information and updates from Met Éireann: