LATEST: Storm Gareth is bringing high winds and dangerous gusts around the country this evening.
An orange warning is in effect for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo until 9am tomorrow, with Met Éireann also warning of a risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.
A yellow alert is in place for the rest of the country until midday tomorrow.
Met Éireann meteorologist Liz Gavin said: "There will be very strong winds...We'll see mean speeds of 50 to 65 kms per hour, and gusts of 90kms to 110kms per hour across the country. The strongest winds will be in the north and north west." She said people driving home this evening should be alert to the strong likelihood of strong gusts.
A status Orange wind warning's in place for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, and Sligo from midday.
Storm Gareth is expected to bring wind speeds of 65-to-75 kilometers-per-hour with damaging gusts reaching up to 130 kilometers-per-hour.
A few bright or sunny spells this morning. Getting very windy with showers developing widely, frequent & blustery this afternoon – some heavy with the risk of hail. SW winds veering west will increase gale force with some severe gusts or squalls later. A cold day. Highs 7-9C pic.twitter.com/bJg7CVua6B— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 12, 2019
Weather experts have also issued a Status Yellow wind warning for the rest of the country as the storm moves in.
The yellow alert reads: "Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h and gusts of 90 to 110km/h.
There is also the risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.
The Status Yellow alert came into effect at 12pm today and will last 24 hours.
Drivers are being advised to take extra care on the roads this morning.
Vincent O'Shea, meteorologist with Met Eireann, says the strongest winds will be later this afternoon.
Ahead of Storm Gareth, AA Ireland is advising motorists across the country to exercise additional caution when driving.
They said motorists should be on the lookout for vulnerable road users who could be blown off course and for fallen trees which could cause significant damage.