Hurricane Ophelia has "continued to strengthen" as it tracks towards Ireland, experts have warned.
Ophelia is currently south of the Azores and is expected to bring winds of over 120kph when it hits Ireland on Monday.
Florida-based The National Hurricane Centre said last night that it is gaining strength but it is expected to be downgraded to a post-tropical storm by the time it reaches here it reaches here but they warned of heavy rain, wind and "dangerous marine conditions."
An NHC spokesperson said: "Ophelia is expected to transition to a hurricane-force post- tropical cyclone by Monday when it moves near Ireland and the United Kingdom.
"While post-tropical Ophelia will likely bring some direct impacts from wind and heavy rain to portions of these areas, as well as dangerous marine conditions, given the forecast uncertainty at these time ranges it is too soon to determine the exact magnitude, timing and location of the impacts.
"Residents in Ireland and the United Kingdom should monitor the progress of Ophelia for the next several days."