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Several parks across the country will be closed tomorrow as Storm Atiyah arrives in Ireland.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said that eight national parks are reserves will be closed due to the forecasted stormy conditions.

-The parks which will be closed tomorrow are:
-Connemara National Park
-Knockma Wood, near Tuam, Co Galway
-Derryclare Nature Reserve, Co Galway
-Wild Nephin, Ballycroy National Park, Co Mayo
-Old Head Nature Reserve, Co Mayo
-Laughil Wood, near Pontoon, Co Mayo
-Dromore Woods Nature Reserve, Co Clare
-Killarney House and Gardens, Co Kerry

Storm Atiyah will track between Iceland and Ireland on Sunday, generating strong winds nationwide.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for nine counties including Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

This will be in place from 1pm tomorrow afternoon until 6am on Monday morning.

Southwesterly winds will reach speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 130km/h, according to Met Éireann.

A Status Yellow wind warning has also been issued for the rest of the country from 7pm tonight until 1pm tomorrow.

Wind speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h are expected in places throughout this evening, tonight and Sunday.

A further Status Yellow wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford from 1pm tomorrow to 6am on Monday.

Additionally, a Status Yellow rainfall warning will come into effect in Donegal at 6pm this evening for 24 hours.

Forecasters are predicting that up to 40mm of rain will fall during this period.

Heavy rain is also expected across the country this evening, followed by heavy showers tomorrow.

The government's emergency taskforce has said it will be monitoring the storm and will work with local authorities to ensure appropriate response and local coordination arrangements are in place.

Additionally, it has been in contact with the Office of Public Works so says that they do not foresee significant flooding in coastal areas.

Main image: File photo by Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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