Storm Lorenzo: N.I. braced for direct hit on Thursday afternoon - 60mph gale-force winds and heavy rain on the way too - Met Office and Met Éireann issue severe weather warnings

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Northern Ireland is preparing for the arrival of ex-hurricane Lorenzo on Thursday afternoon.

Stay with us throughout the day for all Storm Lorenzo updates, breaking news and advice.

Massive waves break over Portstewart Promenade as a storm raged across the North Coast in September - Storm Lorenzo is expected to bring about similar scenes to this one. (Photo: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia)

Massive waves break over Portstewart Promenade as a storm raged across the North Coast in September - Storm Lorenzo is expected to bring about similar scenes to this one. (Photo: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia)