In pictures: Storm Ophelia batters UK and Ireland

The storm was previously classified as a hurricane as it made its way across the Atlantic.

A woman braces as waves crash on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall
A woman braces as waves crash on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall

Storm Ophelia is battering the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph.

The storm, which was previously classified as a hurricane as it made its way across the Atlantic, comes exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

Here are some pictures from affected areas:

A fallen tree branch on James Larkin Road, Dublin
A fallen tree branch on James Larkin Road, Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)
A family walking on pier wall during storm Ophelia on East Pier in Howth, Dublin
A family walking on pier wall during storm Ophelia on East Pier in Howth, Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)
Choppy waters of the River Liffey in front of the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin
Choppy waters of the River Liffey in front of the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)
A man struggles to walk in strong winds at Lands End, Cornwall
A man struggles to walk in strong winds in Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
A man struggles to stand up in strong winds in Cornwall
A man struggles to stand up in strong winds in Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
A man shelters from the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland
A man shelters from the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)
People battle the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland
People battle the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)
A woman walks past waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall
A woman walks past waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
Waves break on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall
Waves break on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)

Waves break on Longships lighthouse off the coast of Lands End, Cornwall
Waves break on Longships lighthouse off the coast of Lands End, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)

Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Londonderry
Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Londonderry (Siobhan Fenton/PA)
Waves break around the church in the harbour at Porthleven, Cornwall
Waves break around the church in the harbour at Porthleven, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
People on the pier wall during storm Ophelia on East Pier in Howth, Dublin
People on the pier wall during storm Ophelia on East Pier in Howth, Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)
Members of the public take photographs of waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze
Members of the public take photographs of waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze (Ben Birchall/PA)
Saltcoats on the west coast of Scotland
Saltcoats on the west coast of Scotland (John Linton/PA)
Road closure at the Wooden Bridge to North Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin
Road closure at the Wooden Bridge to North Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)

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