Storm Brian, now over the mid-Atlantic, will "undertake explosive cyclogenesis" over the next 24 hours, according to the Met Office, meaning the low pressure cyclonic weather system will see a rapid collapse in pressure.
The seafront and a row of fearless spectators in Porthcawl, South Wales, aare seen being engulfed by waves from Storm Brian this morning.
Met Eireann claims Ireland will get very heavy rain and strong wind throughout today and tomorrow with western areas expected to bare the brunt of the storm.
A yellow wind warning has been issued and gusts of wind are expected to be in excess of 50 miles per hour.
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A dramatic live stream from Portcawl Lifeboats showed waves crashing over the pier this morning as the strong winds begin to take hold in the southern parts of Wales.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for high winds in Wales, the South West and the South on Saturday.
He said: "The east-facing coast could well see the strongest winds".
Alison Baptiste, national flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, warned the public against social media stunts during the bad weather.
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"The other concern is that spring tides combined with large waves may lead to overtopping along southernmost coasts", she said.
According to the Met office, Alison Baptiste, National flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: "We urge people to stay safe along the coast and warn against putting yourself in unnecessary danger by taking "storm selfies" or driving through flood water-just 30cm is enough to move your vehicle".
BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS when driving on exposed roads, high ground and across bridges where again sudden gusts can blow you off course. The gusts could bring more power cuts after Ophelia left 50,000 people in the United Kingdom and 170,000 in Ireland without power, and could also cause flooding and large waves.
Northern Ireland is forecast to dodge the worst of Storm Brian as the so-called "weather bomb" approaches from the Atlantic.
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