Storm Eleanor is the fifth named storm to hit the United Kingdom this winter.
The PSNI has issued a warning to not travel unless it is "absolutely necessary".
Dozens of warnings and alerts have been issued across large parts of the country, with high winds and some localised flooding expected. This indicates that flooding is expected, and that "immediate action" is required.
Environment Agency manager, Jeremy Westgarth, said: "We are preparing for the heavy band of rain and strong winds combined with high tides along the Cumbria and Lancashire coast until Thursday". Some western coastal areas could see gusts of 80mph.
It will remain in place until 2pm on Wednesday January 3. Indeed, several people took to Twitter to share videos and pictures of flooding in and around the Galway area.More news: National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch for Stafford-LBI Area
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Their chief forecaster said: "Severe gales will affect western and southern coasts this evening and overnight, with a very squally feature bringing a short spell of intense rainfall and very strong gusts to some inland localities".
Galway Bay fm newsroom - The County Council is urging Galway motorists to stay away from coastal routes as Storm Eleanor moves in.
The year is about to get off to a windy start, with the latest named storm, Storm Eleanor, due to blast across the United Kingdom tonight, bringing rain, snow, and winds of up to 80mph.
A yellow weather warning has been issued for between 6pm on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday for north east and west England, northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.