Storm warnings in place as people are warned to stay away from risky piers

Rain and wind warnings are in place.

Winter weather Jan 1st This is the kind of incident the Irish Coast Guard is hoping to avoid. (File photo) PA Archive / PA Images PA Archive / PA Images / PA Images

WIND AND RAIN warnings have been issued by Met Éireann and the Irish Coast Guard is warning people to stay safe in the stormy conditions.

The stormy weather will be concentrated along the eastern seaboard from Louth to Wexford.

A status yellow weather warning is in place with wind speeds of 65 km/h and gusts of between 90 and 110 km/h to be expected in coastal regions. The winds are set to peak this evening but will remain strong overnight and into tomorrow.

GIF2 Winds are strongest in the east of the country.

A rainfall warning for Wexford and Wicklow means that some spot flooding is possible as between 25 to 45mm or rain is dumped before tomorrow.

The Irish Coast Guard is advising the public to “exercise caution near exposed coastal areas” and was already called out to keep people safe in Howth, Co Dublin this afternoon.

2017 P17 Howth Pier 2 The Irish Coast Guard was sent out to the East Pier in Howth this afternoon.

An Irish Coast Guard team was sent to the East Pier because waves were breaking over the pier, three hours before high tide.

People are being urged to be aware of the danger of waves crashing over a pier and washing people into the sea.

Read: Thick fog, ice and frost – and now a wind warning for the east coast >

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