There is a status orange storm warning for western coastal counties from 6pm on Thursday to 3am Friday.
Orange level warnings are for wind speeds with the capacity to produce dangerous, stormy conditions that may constitute a risk to life and property.
Yellow warnings for wind and rain will be in place across the country from 9am tomorrow.
Everyone should avoid any unnecessary journeys while the alert is in place, particularly with the risk of falling trees.
There are likely to be very strong winds and heavy pockets of rain along with the possibility of thunderstorms and lightning.
Conditions mean that there will be a serious risk of power interruptions and the advice is to have torches fitted with fresh batteries and powerbanks charged. People should also have their Eircode and MPRN number available if they need to contact the emergency services or report a power failure.
Safety must be a priority and farmers are advised to ensure in advance that their yards are safe by securing loose objects.
The Department of Agriculture is urging farmers to wait until the storm subsides before checking livestock, to wear high visibility jackets, bring mobile phones with them and let someone know where they are going.
The Department of Social Protection will provide emergency supports where appropriate. The Humanitarian Assistance Scheme will be activated as necessary for people whose homes are damaged by flooding or severe weather events or who may not be in a position to meet the costs for essential needs and – in some cases – structural repairs.
The scheme is means-tested and does note provide for losses covered by insurance or for commercial or business premises.
Anyone who has booked flights should check with their airlines or online.
As always, everyone should check and listen out for the latest weather forecasts for any updated information.