Status yellow wind and rainfall warnings have been issued for the entire country for Saturday and Sunday, as Storm Ciara approaches.

Southerly winds will strengthen during Saturday with gusts of between 90 and 110 km/hour.

On Sunday, Storm Ciara will produce very strong winds with a risk of damaging gusts.

Met Eireann says that, over the weekend, the combination of Spring Tides and high seas as well as stormy conditions will result in an elevated risk of coastal flooding especially along  western, northwestern and southern coasts.

There's also a status yellow rainfall warning from 12 noon Saturday until 3pm Sunday.

Met Eireann says a spell of heavy rain will spread eastwards across the country on Saturday with 20-40mm expected, highest in the west and northwest.

Another spell of heavy rain on Sunday will clear to squally wintry showers, with  another 20-40mm likely, wtih a risk of localised flooding - especially in the West.

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