Hurricane Ophelia is preparing to batter the UK and Ireland with winds of up to 80mph, posing a danger to life and threatening travel chaos.
Schools, government buildings and courts are due to close in parts of Ireland on Monday, with the Met Office issuing severe weather alerts, warning of potential power cuts, and disruption to transport and mobile phone signal.
Dozens of flights have been cancelled due to severe weather, and passengers are being advised to check the latest information before going to the airport.
All schools and colleges in the Republic of Ireland will close for the day as fears mount over the damage the storm could wreak.
The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia’s remnants are set to reach home shores on Monday, resulting in “exceptional” weather – exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.
— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) October 16, 2017
— Limerick Council (@LimerickCouncil) October 16, 2017