Severe winds gusting up to 130 kilometres per hour are expected today as Storm Diana passes over Ireland.
A Status Orange Wind Warning took effect at 6am this morning for many coastal counties, with heavy rainy also forecast.
The warning for Waterford, Cork and Kerry will remain in place until midday with south to southwest winds of between 65 an 80 kilometres per hour gusting between 110 and 130 kilometres per hour.
The Passage East car ferry has been suspended this morning due to the high winds.
With high seas expected today there is also a risk of coastal flooding.
Winds are forecasted to reach similar gusts in Wexford, Galway and Clare where the Orange warning comes into force at 9am and will conclude at 2pm this afternoon.
As a result, a number of flights are either cancelled or delayed at Dublin and Cork over the course of the day.
Very windy today with some severe gusts associated with Storm Diana. South to southeast winds will be strongest across the southern half of the country this morning but the strong winds will extend nationwide during the course of the day. pic.twitter.com/qXFMBnnFbv
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 28, 2018
The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Mangement has asked Local Authorities, the OPW, the transport sector and the Coastguard to ensure they are prepared for Storm Diana.
Homelessness charity Inner City Helping Homeless has also urged people to watch out for anyone who is sleeping rough during the storm.
Anthony Flynn from ICHH has asked the public to report anyone who they spot sleeping rough.
“Bad weather is very dangerous, we have people that could die of hypothermia, people that are exhausted out there – physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted – that are walking the streets,” he said.
“People were asked to leave hostels today and had no access to day services, many facilities are closed right throughout the day.
“We are asking people to direct people towards us.”