Cork has been issued a Status Orange wind warning as the Rebel County is set to be battered by strong gusts as Storm Elsa approaches Ireland.
A Status Yellow wind warning had already been in place for whole country but Cork's warning was upgraded to orange on Wednesday afternoon due to the predicted effects of Storm Elsa.
Met Eireann's weather warning for Cork reads: "A small deepening depression, associated with the Atlantic storm system Elsa, will track northwards close to the Atlantic seaboard this evening. Strong southerly winds veering southwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts up 120km/h for a short time."
Met Eireann have issued orange weather warning for very strong winds in Cork from 6pm to 9pm today A further Yellow Warning is in place for heavy rain in Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford. pic.twitter.com/ek8jMEHjO0
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The wind warning for Cork is in effect until 9pm tonight while a Status Yellow rainfall warning is also in place for Cork; as well as Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow.
Speaking about the weather in Cork, the national forecaster said: "It will continue very windy early tonight with strong to gale force and gusty southerly winds, with strong gale to storm force winds along coasts.
"Winds will gradually decrease light to moderate overnight. Further outbreaks of rain early tonight, but the rain will quickly clear northwards, with just an isolated shower following overnight. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees."