MET EIREANN has indicated that Hurricane Lorenzo will track close to Ireland but is unlikely to still be a hurricane by the time it arrives.
Hurricane Lorenzo is instead expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it approaches Ireland.
It’s still unclear as to how close it will come, but storm surges and high seas are expected.
"At the moment it's heading towards the Azores and that looks fairly certain," Met Eireann’s Jean Byrne said.
"It will continue on its north-eastward track, it till begin to weaken a good bit at that stage and by the time it reaches close to Ireland or over Ireland, it will certainly no longer be a hurricane, it will be an extra-Tropical structure."
"The exact track is still uncertain, but there is increasing confidence that it will track either close to Ireland past just to the north-west or even come down across parts of Connacht initially and come down across the country later Thursday."
No category five hurricane has ever made it as far north or east in the Atlantic as Hurricane Lorenzo
Officials at the Department of Housing are keeping close tabs on the latest forecasts for information on Hurricane Lorenzo.
The ESB, Gardaí, local authorities and public transport operators have been told to keep a close eye on Met Eireann’s updates
Met Eireann will be able to provide precise details about the route of Hurricane Lorenzo this Tuesday, October 2nd.