Winds are set to reach as high as 80 km/hr, with gusts of up to 140km/hr predicted in the worst storm to hit the country in 40 years.
With five counties having been issued with status red weather warnings, the Department of Education has advised schools in the area to remain closed for safety reasons. Thousands of students will remain at home as a result, which is all the better seeing as Bus Éireann today cancelled all their buses in the areas affected.
Public transport in these areas, such as buses, have also been cancelled. Irish rail have confirmed though that all of their services will be up and running, bar two routes. These routes are Limerick junction to Waterford and the Limerick to Ballybrophy line.
College students are also affected, with the main Universities and IT’s in the five counties, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Mayo and Clare, all remaining closed for tomorrow at least. This includes GMIT, University of Limerick and Nui Galway.
The ESB have also warned customers to expect power outages tomorrow, but say they are already preparing to fix any problems as they occur. They advise the public to be aware of any fallen cables or electricity wires.
People who are looking to take flights or ferries tomorrow, have also been warned that there may be delays or even cancellations due to the weather. Airlines have advised passengers to enquire about flights prior to travelling to the airport. Some flights have already being cancelled, with Aer Lingus having already cancelled over 50 flights.
Ferries tomorrow via Stena line from Dublin to Holyhead have today been cancelled, along with the Stena line from Rosslare to Fishguard journeys. Joining the list is the Belfast to Liverpool ferry, while the Swift Dublin to Holyhead ferry, Swift ferries from Holyhead to Dublin and from Rosslare to Pembroke have also been postponed.
Hurricane Ophelia is set to hit Ireland with force tomorrow morning. Take care and don’t take any unnecessary journeys unless you really have to.