Batten down the hatches! Status orange Storm Eleanor arrives today

First week of 2018 will be total washout with 80mph winds and torrential downpours

Two boys brave the sea spray at West Bay in Dorset

Forecasters said there was a "small chance" of injuries and danger to life from waves and "beach material".

Forecasters say some coastal areas could be affected by large waves as it combines with a period of high tides.

The storm is threatening Ireland and the west of the United Kingdom with winds of up to 90mph, putting lives at risk, the Met Office has said.

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At 6pm on Tuesday, Met Eireann warned of increasingly strong winds and gusts that are battering the country.

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The Environment Agency has warned that strong winds and high tides could bring coastal flooding until Thursday.

The firm is offering evens for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in mainland United Kingdom before the week is out as Storm Dylan continues to batter the country, while it is 2-1 for snow to fall in London this week. Indeed, several people took to Twitter to share videos and pictures of flooding in and around the Galway area.

Brutal cold continues… Wind Chill WARNING through Tuesday
Wind chill temperatures will be between 15 and 25 below zero today, especially this afternoon when winds pick up a little. A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values.

A WARNING was issued to 14 counties earlier today, advising people to stay inside as winds of up to 130 km/h were predicted.

Dan Harris, its deputy chief forecaster, added: "Later in the week and over the weekend there are signs of a trend to colder conditions, especially in the north, with clearer skies for many and a return of the risk of frost, ice and wintry showers".

"Drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even on motorways".

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