Hurricane Ophelia is two words that are set to become the most Googled search term in Irish history.
Up and down the country social media users are beginning to share what is set to be the biggest storm to hit Ireland since Storm Debbie in 1961.
Footage has emerged of the roof of Douglas Community School in Cork being thrown into the air by strong winds:
— Nadine O'Regan (@NadineORegan) October 16, 2017
— Eoin English (@EoinBearla) October 16, 2017
Animals are known for being able to sense extreme weather conditions and this footage from of birds preparing for the hurricane is nerve inducing:
— Sarah Kavanagh (@sltlk) October 16, 2017
The South of Ireland was hit by the storm first and already counties such as Kerry and Cork are sharing some of the damage caused by the storm. At 7.30am Kerry's Dingle began to feel the first signs of the hurricane.
— Richard Chambers? (@newschambers) October 16, 2017
The first signs of the carnage outside started appearing online at 9 am this morning:
— Limerick's Live 95FM (@LimLive95fm) October 16, 2017
Met Eireann have shared this footage from the top of Roches Point
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 16, 2017
More trees are falling in Cork with warnings coming from Cork Safety Alerts:
— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) October 16, 2017
and footage of the strength of the winds, which are expected to reach 130 km/h, in the next few hours:
— Nick Flynn (@drnickgp) October 16, 2017
The streets of Kinsale are covered in debris as roofs and structures have begun to fall:
— Today FM (@TodayFM) October 16, 2017
People are going to extreme lengths to protect their belongings:
— IFJ Dealer (@IFJDealer) October 16, 2017
It is estimated that 200,000 people are now without power in the Southern tips of the country so may not know the full extent of the damage until tomorrow.
The storm is raging against the West coast of Cork and flooding is envitable at this point:
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) October 16, 2017
— Darren McCaffrey (@DMcCaffreySKY) October 16, 2017
The East coast is beginning to be impacted by the storm and Dublin Fire Brigade are warning civilians to tighten their windows:
We’ve one unit attending a window hanging dangerously loose in Dublin 8. Might be time to close all your windows now. #ophelia
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) October 16, 2017
If you don't already need reminding, do not leave your home or make unnecessary journeys.