Winds of over 120kph set to batter the country when Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland
Winds over 120 kilometres per hour are set to batter Ireland when Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland early next week, Met Eireann has warned.
Ophelia is currently picking up speed as it crosses the Atlantic and we are expected to feel the effects of it on Monday and Tuesday.
Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh told Independent.ie: "It is coming towards Ireland, basically the hurricane is south-west of the Azores right now and it is tracking towards Portugal.
"As it comes north over the weekend it will change into an extra-tropical cyclone and it is tracking towards Ireland and the UK.
"At the moment the track is very uncertain and it is therefore quite difficult to decipher where the strongest winds will be.
"It does look like it will hit Ireland on Monday, heading into Tuesday will be very stormy days."
She said that Met Eireann has predicted gusts in "excess of 120kph."
Don't forget your rainjacket as Ms Walsh said that Ophelia could also cause heavy showers here.