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An icy 'weather bomb' is whipping up five-storey waves in the North Atlantic

Western counties should expect gale force winds overnight.

seaweed Source: MagicSeaweed.com

THAT SURF CHART from Magicseaweeed.com just about sums the “severe gusts” Met Éireann says people in the west and northwest should expect tonight.

A status orange weather warning is still in place for all western coastal counties from Donegal to Clare with forecasters expecting gusts of between 100 to 130 km/hr.

Average wind speeds will be in the region of 50 to 70 km/hr with strong winds also predicted for the rest of Ireland. A less severe status yellow warning is in place for Munster and Leinster.

The winds will be matched by widespread showers that will turn heavy with rain and thunder also predicted. There’ll be some sleet and slow on higher ground with temperatures dropping to between 1-4 degrees.

The storm will bring with it high seas that will mean “very rough” sailing conditions on all routes out of Ireland.

Source: Press Association/YouTube

Read: Tie down your wheelie bins – there are gale force winds on the way >

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