Met Eireann has issued a storm warning for Dublin as a new storm called Barney is due to hit the capital this afternoon bringing winds of up to 125 km/hr.
A Status Orange warning is in place for not just Dublin but Wicklow, Galway, Clare, Kerry and Limerick have also been advised to take care until 9pm tonight.
Status Orange is the second most severe warning level and Met Éireann describe it as “weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas”.
The torrential rain will spread to all parts of the country and it will become very windy and stormy in the afternoon, particularly over the southern half of the country.
A spokesperson for Met Éireann said flights at Dublin airport could be affected by the strong winds.
Winds will ease everywhere before midnight before becoming strong again overnight with gales on coasts.
Wednesday will be windy again, reaching strong gale force near northwest coasts. Heavy showers will spread to all areas during the day.
Irish Ferries have cancelled the Jonathan Swift fast ferry crossings to and from Holyhead because of bad weather conditions on the Irish Sea.
Passengers will be accommodated on alternative ferries at 2.15pm and 8.55pm.
Last month Met Éireann and the UK Met Office announced the results of a “name our storms” pilot project which asked the public to christen forthcoming storms, a system that is used in many other countries.
“Abigail” was initially christened by by the UK met office because the potential threat to Ireland was not considered sufficient to follow suit here.
As conditions worsened Abigail then officially became Ireland’s first named storm.
The project has two aims which are to raise awareness of severe weather and to help keep the public safe
Storms will be named when they are judged to have the potential to cause a substantial impact in the UK and/or Ireland.
The two meteorological authorities received thousands of suggestions for names by email, Facebook and Twitter.
The winning storm names were: Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, Katie, Lawrence, Mary, Nigel, Orla, Phil, Rhonda, Steve, Tegan, Vernon and Wendy.