LIMERICK will endure strong wind conditions as Storm Erik hits Ireland's Atlantic coast this Friday.
A status orange warning has been issued by Met Eireann for three counties, Donegal, Mayo and Galway.
The advisory warning will come into effect from 9am tomorrow morning - earlier in western parts of Ireland - and will remain in place until 6pm.
The Met Office warned that travel delays throughout the day were very likely, with the risk of fallen trees blocking roads and railways and high winds closing bridges and ferry routes.
Gusts of 120km/h were recorded at Mace Head in Connemara, while the Salthill promenade is closed due to high seas.
The public is being urged to avoid any exposed shores on Friday morning while Storm Erik passes over the west.
A status yellow alert applies to the rest of the country.
Met Éireann forecasters have said that southwest to west winds will reach average speeds of 50 to 65 km/h, with gusts of 80 to 110 km/h.
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The weather would result in some "quite nasty travelling conditions", said Sarah Kent, a Met Office meteorologist.
He said: "Southwesterly winds will strengthen across the United Kingdom on Friday, so it's going to be a windy day for everyone".
There is also a Status Yellow rain warning in place until midnight today for counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry, with 30 to 40mm rainfall expected.
Forecasters are insisting winter is not finished yet despite a spell of milder and wetter weather giving respite to Britain this week.
"For February and March, temperatures overall are likely to be close to or below normal". They could reach the low double figures on Saturday with highs of 11C.
Storm Erik will bring strong winds and heavy rain to Edinburgh and the Lothians..
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: "Brits should make the most of the mild weather with a drastic drop on the way".