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In pictures: Storm Ophelia batters UK and Ireland

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

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:

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A fallen tree branch on James Larkin Road, Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)
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A family walking on pier wall during storm Ophelia on East Pier in Howth, Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)
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Choppy waters of the River Liffey in front of the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)
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A man struggles to walk in strong winds in Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
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A man struggles to stand up in strong winds in Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
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(Niall Carson/PA)
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People battle the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)
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A woman walks past waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Waves break on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Waves break on Longships lighthouse off the coast of Lands End, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Londonderry (Siobhan Fenton/PA)
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Waves break around the church in the harbour at Porthleven, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
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People on the pier wall during storm Ophelia on East Pier in Howth, Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)
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Members of the public take photographs of waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Saltcoats on the west coast of Scotland (John Linton/PA)
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Road closure at the Wooden Bridge to North Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin (Caroline Quinn/PA)

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