A yellow weather warning for wind was issued on Friday morning over the West Midlands, including Shropshire, to remain in place until midnight.
"Further warnings were being considered later Friday across parts of the south and east, with the risk for another swathe winds and rain", according to Met Éireann.
The Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: "We've got a wind warning which covers all the western side of the UK".
The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.
Any and all decisions about school closures will be informed by, as well as prevailing and predicted conditions, any damage that might have been caused to school buildings overnight or at any time during the storm, and whether such damage, - where it exists, - might present a risk to child safety.
At this time of year the wind is also likely to cause more leaves to fall on the roads, which can block drains and increase localised surface flooding. That's quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding'.
"The strongest winds associated with this event will occur during the night-time hours and Friday morning rush-hour commute".
In Galway city, coastal routes along the harbour are closed as a precaution ahead of high tide at around 7.45am.
Road and rail users have been warned to expect disruption and delays.
Train cancellations will affect those travelling the Shrewsbury to Aberyswyth line through Mid Wales all weekend.
Natural Resources Wales' (NRW) have said they are sending out their emergency response teams to prepare for the storm, checking that flood defences are in good working order, clearing gulleys and ditches, and installing temporary defences.
While heavy rain is expected to continue into Saturday, the wind is now forecast to ease off by Friday evening.
Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are also expected to hit Pembrokeshire, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves.