The public have been advised to avoid coastal areas as Storm Eunice tracks towards Ireland this evening.
Met Éireann has issued a status orange wind warning for Co Wicklow, which is valid from 3am on Friday until 11am.
A separate status yellow warning for wind, rain and snow for Ireland will come into effect from 1am, before expiring at 3pm.
“The storm will track across Ireland tonight and Friday morning bringing severe and damaging winds for a time,” said the forecaster.
“Southwest or cyclonic winds becoming northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts up to 130 km/h. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide.”
The Irish Coast Guard, Road Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána and Local Authorities have advised members of the public to stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings.
In a statement tonight, Wicklow County Council has said only necessary journeys should be undertaken and motorists should exercise extreme caution when driving.
It added that The Wicklow County Council Severe Weather Alert Team met this afternoon and continues to monitor events.
The ESB has warned that electricity wires are live and members of the public should not approach them, instead calling their emergency number on 1800 372 999/021 238 2410.
The latest weather forecast from Met Éireann