A yellow weather warning has been issued for the South West from Monday as the UK is set to experience the tail end of a category three hurricane.
Hurricane Ophelia will be a storm when it hits the country, but the South West could still see some very high winds.
The Met Office's yellow weather warning means that severe weather is possible, and people should be prepared for possible disruption.
Thunder storms forming off the South West coast have hit towns and cities across Devon and Cornwall.
Paul McDonnell captured this footage in Plymouth this afternoon.
A severe weather warning comes into force from 4pm this afternoon.
With Met Office forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain and the warning that wintry showers may bring snow and ice, Cornwall Council is warning residents to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.
Drivers are asked to take care if icy roads cause difficult conditions. The road network will be salted this evening, but not every road will be treated.
People are also being warned that high winds could cause damage to trees and disrupt power supplies, and create dangerous conditions around the coast.
The council has also issues warnings against the possibility of flooding.
Anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business, and to clear their drains of leaves and blockages. Local communities have also been encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help.
The Environment Agency has issued a severe weather warning for the Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmore in Weymouth.
People are being warned to avoid the Preston Beach areas as conditions are extremely dangerous and will remain so overnight.