In pictures: Storm Ophelia batters UK and Ireland

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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 man looks out to see in the coastal village of Carrigaholt on the west coast of Ireland
A man looks out to see in the coastal village of Carrigaholt on the west coast of Ireland ahead of the storm's arrival (Niall Carson/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)