I can't help feeling that I have done a bit of a "Michael Fish" yesterday. (for US readers he was a weather forecaster thirty years ago when the great storm broke here and he predicted it wouldn't arrive).
Storm Ophelia is predicted to hit Northern Ireland later today and all schools are closed throughout both the North and the South of the Country. As far as we are concerned here, the winds are predicted to be storm force - particularly in the West of the country but even here in the East they may reach seventy miles an hour. So we shall all be battening down the hatches.
The good news is that it should pass through quite quickly - but the last big storm (in 1987) did a huge amount of damage - the town of Sevenoaks
in a very short time became 'Oneoak' as all but one of the famous oaks was uprooted by the strength of the wind.
So - if I have done a Michael Fish then it is history repeating itself. Let's all keep our fingers crossed and hope that this storm is not as severe as it might be.