Met Éireann has today issued a Status Red weather warning for Galway, meaning forecasters believe Ophelia will bring strong winds to the west and south-west coast.
Hurricane Ophelia is expected to transition to a post tropical storm as it approaches our shores on Monday bringing severe winds and stormy conditions.
Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding.
The warning is valid from Monday 16 October at 09:00 until Tuesday 17 October 2017 03:00.
Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry are also affected by the Status Red warning.
The rest of the country has been given a Status Orange warning, with mean wind speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 130km/h are expected, however some inland areas may not be quite as severe.
The winds have potential to cause structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding