PEOPLE ARE BEING warned to avoid coastal areas as the heavy rain and northerly winds continue to batter the country.
The Irish Coast Guard has issued the warning on foot of Met Éireann forecasts of northerly winds that will reach gale force for a time today on all Irish coastal waters.
The Coast Guard has advised the public not to go out on exposed coasts, cliffs, piers, harbour walls, beaches, promenades, or any other coastal areas today and during the continuing inclement weather.
It says that the high seas can generate large waves which will pose a danger to anyone on a shoreline with the rough seas also posing a danger to any fishing vessels in the area.
In a statement issued through the Department of Transport it said: “Specific advice from the Coast Guard today is stay away from the shoreline and do not engage in water sports.
“Owners of small vessels and fishing vessels in coastal waters should seek shelter and secure them properly with moorings.”
Anyone who sees someone in difficulty along the coast or in the sea should dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.