Hurricane Ophelia: Ireland issues highest possible 'status red' weather warning

'Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected'

Natasha Salmon
Saturday 14 October 2017 14:25
Hurricane Ophelia is set to hit the UK

The Irish meteorological service has issued its highest possible "status red" warning ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ophelia.

Areas including Cork, Kerry, Clare and Galway & Mayo are set to receive wind speeds in excess of 130kmh (80mph).

The warning by the Irish Meteorological Service said: "Hurricane Ophelia is expected to transition to a post tropical storm as it approaches our shores on Monday bringing severe winds and stormy conditions .

"Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding."

Hurricane Ophelia is currently travelling across the Atlantic Ocean with winds of up to 100mph as it approaches the UK and Ireland.

The storm, which will be what is known as an "ex-hurricane" when it reaches Britain early next week.

It is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds, after a weekend of warm weather with temperatures around 23C in some places.

But the storm will batter the west coast of Uk and Ireland and the Met Office has issued severe weather alerts, warning of potential power cuts, damage to buildings and disruption to transport networks and mobile phone signals.

The tropical storm is currently making its way across the Atlantic Ocean as a category 1 hurricane with winds of up to 100mph.

The remnants of the storm are set to hit much of the west coast of the country on Monday.

Before the storm, a yellow warning for rain is in place for Saturday morning across parts of northern England, with up to 50mm of rain over high ground and as much as 70mm possible over the most exposed hills.

Monday will then see a spell of “very windy weather” sweeping across western parts of the UK, according to the Met Office which has issued a yellow warning for wind early next week, with the potential for gusts of 80mph in coastal areas, particularly in Northern Ireland.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, and there could be power cuts, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

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