Ophelia could very well be the biggest storm in more than 50 years and given that we're not very used to this sort of weather event, we thought we'd round up some tips to help keep you safe over the next few days.
It really is time to take some extra precautions...
1. Bring your cats and dogs indoors
Find them a safe place inside the house as they can become spooked and run off. Also, make sure their microchip details are up to date.
Ophelia is on the way, please check your fences, that your dog's microchip details are up to date & bring your dogs indoors for their safety pic.twitter.com/k0YmnlIEzM
— Dogs Trust Ireland (@DogsTrust_IE) October 15, 2017
2. Move your car away from possible falling debris
Trees are an obvious one, but parts of the roof can come off, flying debris from smaller buildings and windows are also a concern.
3. Buy supplies
Including food, water, protective clothing, medications, batteries and flashlights.
4. Charge all your devices
Power and electricity can be one of the first things to go and can be gone for days so make sure you have lots of devices and back ups charged.
5. Stay away from the windows during the storm
Shattering glass is the most dangerous element. If you can't have them boarded up, then stay as far away from windows as possible.
6. Create an evacuation plan
Learn about your local shelters and if you live in coastal areas, or areas prone to flooding, make sure you have a clear route to safety.
7. Remove debris and leaves from gutters and spouts
There's going to be a huge amount of rain so make sure everything has been cleaned and is clear so the rain can flow away.
8. Stay indoors during the storm
Especially during the storm, as it will have lulls at certain times. Wait for the authorities to give the all clear. The biggest danger and way most people get injured or killed is by flying debris and falling trees.
9. Secure outside areas
Garden furniture. Plant pots. Mats. Ornaments. Anything that's not secured or tied down could get picked up by the wind and become incredibly dangerous.
10. Fill your car up with fuel
But, as Teresa Mannion would say, don't make unnecessary journeys.