The Met Office's deputy chief Meteorologist Tony Wardle said: 'The UK is in for an unsettled period of weather with some very strong winds, especially along the west coast.
A Status Orange weather warning for gale force winds has been issued for Galway and eight other counties along the Atlantic Coast, one of four warning issued for Storm Atiyah.
The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) says its severe weather team have been monitoring Storm Atiyah, with Met Éireann, as it moves towards Ireland. Southwesterly winds, later veering northwesterly, will reach mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 130km/h, possibly higher in exposed coastal areas.
That warning is valid from Sunday, December 8 at 9am to Monday, December 9 at 6am.
Met Eireann just this morning issued a Status Red wind warning for Kerry with gusts over over 130km/hr expected this evening.
The warning for Kerry is in place from 16:00 to 19:00 local time on Sunday.
Donegal County Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team is now monitoring the advice from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) and weather forecasts from Met Éireann and the council says it remains in a state of readiness to deal with any incidents arising from the storm. Variable cloud overnight with some clear spells and temperatures dropping back to 2 to 6 degrees with grass frost possible under clear skies.
"As well as strong winds there will be large coastal waves in the south west, so bare this in mind before heading out in these regions".
West to south-west winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65kph with gusts of 90 to 110kph in places this evening, tonight and tomorrow.
The Environment Agency warned of the risk of flooding in coastal areas of the East and South tomorrow and inland areas of the West on Tuesday.