Road crews are on standby to deal with any possible flooding in Galway city as Storm Erik is set to hit Galway in the early hours of Friday morning.
A status orange weather warning is in effect for Glway, Mayo, and Donegal as Met Eireann warns that Storm Erik could bring winds of up to 130km/hr, possibly stronger on exposed coast.
The warning is in effect in Galway from 5am on Friday morning until 1pm in the afternoon.
There is also a risk of flooding as the storm lines up with predicted high tides.
The weather assessment team at Galway city council have analysed the latest information from Met Éireann and the OPW Tide & Surge site and have been in contact with the Galway Harbour master.
The council has said that its road crews will be on standby to deal with any spot flooding caused by high winds and heavy rain.
The public is being urged to avoid any exposed shores on Friday morning while Storm Erik passes over the west.
Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry!
Severe weather is approaching we are calling on everyone to heed the warnings, avoid exposed areas & for vessels to pay particular attention to the conditions. If you see anybody in trouble along the coast or at sea dial 112 & ask for Coast Guard. pic.twitter.com/e0EPKH0Qyp
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A yellow weather warning is in place for the rest of Ireland but will last only an hour, expiring at 6am on Friday.