Callum before the storm as high winds and heavy rains forecast
The country is set to be battered by high winds that will be followed by heavy rain.
A weather system, likely to be officially named Storm Callum today, has been brewing to the north-west, near Newfoundland, and will hit Ireland late tomorrow night.
People have been urged to prepare for severe weather heading into the weekend, as the effects of Hurricane Leslie, which is farther to the south, will also be felt.
Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said strong winds caused by Callum would be followed by a period of heavy rain sweeping up from the south-east caused by Leslie, with the possibility of flooding.
"We haven't named it yet, but it's likely that it will be named," she said of the system developing to the north.
"Whether it develops into an orange warning or not, there are going to be very high winds."
Ms Lowe said it was likely that an orange warning would be in place, and people should take adequate precautions.
"For there to be an orange warning there needs to be mean winds of 65kph to 80kph with gusts of up to 130kph," she said.
The weather system will have the greatest impact on the west and move north. However, all of the country will be affected.
After the worst of the wind has passed, the tail end of Hurricane Leslie will bring significant rainfall, raising the prospect of coastal and river flooding.
"We're urging people to take the necessary precautions. We're going to get very high winds followed by a lot of rain and there could be some coastal surge," Ms Lowe said.
However, she stressed that the weather system was still developing and it will be today before there is a good indication of what will happen.
A Met Eireann spokesperson added: "The depression is set to clear quickly so that Friday afternoon and early evening looks drier with a few sunny spells developing. Winds will moderate considerably also."
Friday night will see rain all the way into Saturday, with "spells of heavy and locally thundery rain in many places and also some flooding".