Ophelia: Where is the storm going to hit?

The Great Storm of 1987 violently tore through the UK, and exactly 30 years on, the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia are on the way.

Nobody, including Michael Fish, could have predicted the devastation caused by the storm that would ultimately claim 18 lives and cause more than £1bn worth of damage, but times have changed and warning systems are much better than they used to be.

So, here's what you need to know about Ophelia:

:: How powerful is it?

The storm had briefly reached category three status - but it has now lost power and is no longer hurricane strength.

It will reach Ireland and the UK as a very strong storm which will bring winds of up to 80mph.

:: When is it due to arrive and which areas are likely to be most affected?

The main part of the storm will arrive on Monday lunchtime. A red warning (meaning "take action" to protect yourself) is in place across Ireland.

An amber alert (meaning "potential for injuries and a danger to life") is in place for Northern Ireland and parts of southwest Scotland and west Wales.

A yellow warning (meaning "be aware") has been issued for Scotland and western parts of the UK.

Other parts of England and Wales will be quite windy but won't feel the full impact of the storm.

:: Is there a threat to life?

Yes. Winds as strong as 80mph are capable of causing structural damage, downing power lines and uprooting trees, so it is important to be aware and travel only if necessary.

It is best to follow official guidance when the storm arrives and the risks become clearer.

:: Will it cause a lot of disruption?

The storm will have an impact throughout Monday and even into Tuesday morning. Schools across Ireland have been closed and there is disruption to transport.

The Met Office says road, rail, air and ferry services across the UK may be affected.

:: Should we be worried?

Don't be worried - but it is important to be aware, read the official guidance and check weather broadcasts when the storm arrives.