BATTEN down the hatches -- gale force winds are expected to batter Ireland as the tail-end of Hurricane Katia (circled) hits.
Winds of up to 90mph are expected out to sea off the west coast and will still be running at 70mph when they hit land.
The Category Two hurricane is now off the coast of Bermuda, but is heading for Ireland on Monday
The gales may begin as early as Sunday night and will peak on Monday morning with the coasts of Donegal, Mayo and Galway bearing the brunt.
The news comes as it was revealed Ireland is set to be under a blanket of heavy snow within weeks.
Forecasters say temperatures matching last year's record lows of -17.5C are just around the corner.