Met Éireann issues status orange weather warning off the coast of Ireland
We're headed for storm force 10 once more.
Met Éireann has followed up on Wednesday's status yellow weather warning with an update at 6am on Thursday morning (6 December).
All Irish coastal waters can expect gale force winds throughout the day and possibly carrying on into Friday. Not only that, but some parts of the country will experience "storm force 10" winds.
According to Met Éireann, there will be "southwest gales or strong gales later today and tonight on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea". "Winds will reach storm force on coasts from Erris Head to Malin Head to Belfast Lough."
Storm force winds generally involve "very high waves with long overhanging crests; resulting foam in great patches is blown in dense white streaks along the direction of the wind. On the whole the surface of the sea takes on a white appearance and the rolling of the sea becomes heavy".
It is third-highest level of force on the Beaufort scale, which goes as far as 12, which is hurricane force.
Today's warning follows yesterday's status yellow wind warning for 10 counties, including all of Connacht, as well as Cavan, Donegal, Clare, Kerry and Limerick. This warning will be in effect from 10pm on Thursday until 9am on Friday morning (7 December).