Status Red marine warning issued ahead of Storm Ciara

Galway Daily weather Storm Debi - Status Red Storm Warning for Galway coasts

A Status Red marine warning has been issued ahead of Storm Ciara, with violently stormy seas expected in the west and northwest.

The status red alert states that strong south and southwest gales will develop on all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea today.

But they will be strongest in the west with winds reaching storm force 10 on coastal waters from Slyne Head to Erris Head to Malin Head.

At times the winds may even reach violent storm force 11 for a time according to Met Eireann.

This is one of multiple weather warnings which have been issued for Galway this weekend with Storm Ciara due to pass by on Sunday.

A Status Orange wind warning will be in effect until 6pm this evening in Galway, with winds of up to 80km/hr and gusts reaching 120km/hr forecast.

That will be followed not long afterwards with a second status orange warning in effect from 5am to midday on Sunday across Ireland.

During this time winds averaging 80km/hr and gusts of up to 130km/hr can be expected.

Galway has already begun to prepare for potential flooding this evening, with overtopping expected in Salthill due to stormy conditions, Spring tides, and high seas.

Car Parks in Salthill have been closed by the city council since 2pm this afternoon and will remain shut until at least after the passage of the orange warning tomorrow.