Ireland is bracing itself for the arrival of Hurricane Ophelia on Monday and Met Eireann has just issued a Status Red weather warning.
Ophelia is the tenth Atlantic storm in a row to be classified a hurricane and Met Eireann has extended their Status Red weather warning to the entire country.
The Alert says that 'Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime Monday. Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Also, heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding.
There is potential risk to lives'
The Department of Education has confirmed that all schools and colleges in the country will be closed. They said the decision was made following 'discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Éireann on this unprecedented storm'.
All Schools,Colleges and other Education institutions closed tomorrow 16 October see https://t.co/IrcHWyyBKM— education.ie (@Education_Ire) October 15, 2017
The storm will move off to the north on Monday evening and Tuesday will be a bright and mostly dry day, with sunny spells and just a few scattered showers.
However, the rest of the week will bring periods of heavy rain and the unsettled weather will continue into next weekend.