“Severe winds” and flooding is expected later today with Storm Callum set to hit Ireland.
A Status Orange weather warning will come into effect for 13 counties tonight including Waterford.
The effects of Storm Callum are expected from 10pm tonight – when the orange weather warning kicks in for counties Cork and Kerry.
Winds will then pick up from midnight around the rest of the country.
In total, 13 counties have an orange weather warning in place – the second highest level of severity – they include: Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, and Meath
A yellow warning will also be in place for the rest of the country at the same time.
Meteorologist with Met Éireann, Joanna Donnelly, says people need to take this storm seriously.
“Although the winds will be strongest at the coast they will also be strong inland too with gusts expected up to 110km per hour inland and up to 130km per hour at the coast,” said Ms Donnelly.
Road users are also being advised to take care, Brian Farrell from the Road Safety Authority said: “We’ve got to watch out for debris, falling debris, wheelie bins can be blown out onto the road.
“The danger is trees coming down, branches coming down but, of course, leaves as well coming down on the footpaths and the road.”
Motorists are also being advised to leave extra space between themselves and other vehicles, particularly cyclists and pedestrians.
Status Orange – Wind warning for Waterford
Valid from Friday 12 October 2018 00:01 to Friday 12 October 2018 09:00
Storm Callum: Southeast winds veering southwest will gust generally between 100 and 130km/h, higher in some coastal areas and on high ground. Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.