Hurricane Ophelia could soon reach Europe


But are people right to be anxious?

Hurricane Ophelia will bring gales and heavy rain to Scotland.

Ophelia is the 10th consecutive Atlantic tropical storm to strengthen into a hurricane this year.

The Met Office: "Ophelia will no longer be a hurricane, but will most likely still be a detailed low pressure system bringing strong winds across Northern Ireland and western parts of the United Kingdom".

The remnants of Ophelia look set to reach the United Kingdom on Monday, with unsettled weather expected to cause disruption, the Met Office said. However, the west coast could see gusts of up to 70mph when Ophelia hits.

However, the US National Hurricane Center has predicted it will weaken to a regular storm before it hits the United Kingdom on Monday (October 17).

Ophelia is on track to reach the United Kingdom nearly 30 years to the day of the Great Storm of 1987, which killed 22 people across Britain, France and the Channel Islands.

The remnants of Ophelia are predicted to strike the British Isles on Sunday and although it will no longer be a hurricane, experts have warned it could still pack a punch. This should take the system just south and east of the Azores.

Overall, the unsettled weather looks likely to continue into Tuesday due to a separate band of low pressure, and will remain changeable throughout the rest of the week.