Ophelia makes landfall as south-west coast gets ready for history-making storm

Ireland is about to be hit by its worst storm in 50 years.

Hurricane Ophelia makes landfall in Kerry this morning and will work its way up the country throughout the day.

This is the most powerful storm to hit Ireland in at least 50 years. Hurricane force Gusts of over 160 kmh are starting to batter the South West now – with Met Éireann warning Ophelia will be ‘violent and destructive’ across all areas.

People in Coastal parts of Cork and Kerry are being urged to stay indoors – and remaining parts of Munster from 9 – before the storm moves inland and affects all counties across Ireland throughout the rest of the day.

Particular care is being urged in coastal areas where heavy rain, storm surges and coastal flooding will pose a serious risk.

A status Red Wind warning will be in place all day – and Met Eireann says there is a potential risk to lives before Storm Ophelia leaves our shores around 9 o’clock this evening.