Hur­ri­canes may sweep over Brit Isles

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - — Wash­ing­ton Press Wires

This year’s At­lantic hur­ri­cane sea­son is so fierce that even Ire­land and Bri­tain will get a piece of the ac­tion.

Ophe­lia, the 10th straight At­lantic trop­i­cal storm to be­come a hur­ri­cane, is mov­ing north­east and will ap­proach Ire­land Mon­day be­fore mov­ing over Scot­land, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter. It’s set to be the strong­est storm in the far east­ern At­lantic since Hur­ri­cane Ivan in 1980.

“There may be gale-force winds, or even se­vere gale-force winds, on Mon­day, pos­si­bly Tues­day,” said Ni­cola Maxey, a spokes­woman for the U.K. Met Of­fice. The west coasts of Ire­land and Eng­land will prob­a­bly be worst hit.

This At­lantic storm sea­son has racked up the most con­sec­u­tive hur­ri­canes since the late 19th-cen­tury and brought dev­as­ta­tion to Flor­ida, Texas and Puerto Rico. Europe had a taste of the stormy con­di­tions early this month from the rem­nants of hur­ri­canes Maria and Lee, which helped push U.K. wind­power gen­er­a­tion to a record.

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