Forecasters have warned the storm could cause a "risk to life and property".
A second Status Orange wind warning was issued for the western counties: Donegal; Galway; Mayo; Sligo; Clare; and Kerry.
Met Eireann this afternoon extended the weather warnings.
Strong winds are expected to arrive across Northern Ireland during Thursday night, continue to spread by Friday morning.
While heavy rain is expected to continue into the Saturday, the wind is now believed to ease off by Friday evening. "You can check our website or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for any flood warnings that may be in place and keep an eye on weather reports and local news for details of any disruption in your area".
However forecasters say Tayside and Fife may well dodge the worst of the windy conditions come Friday.
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People have been urged to prepare for severe weather heading into the weekend as the effects of Hurricane Leslie, which is further to the south, will also be felt.
It is because the storm is likely to coincide with high tides around the south Wales coast.
The strongest winds are likely in western Ireland, although North Western parts of the United Kingdom can expect severe gales.
"There is likely to be some over-topping but the Dublin City Council will have made precautions".
Officials said on Thursday morning that many schools could face closure on Friday, but that any decisions on school or business closures, as well as impacts to public transport systems, will not become fully apparent until tomorrow morning.
Mr Faughnan added: "Carrying out some basic vehicle checks can greatly improve your own safety and that of other road users during the days ahead".
On the A83 on Tuesday, road operators said debris had been caught in one of the recently-installed landslip mitigation fences across the bottom of the slope above the road, but the carriageway had to be checked before it could reopen.