Brace your­self: Hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia is on the way here

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Leah Mc­Don­ald

IRE­LAND could be hit by winds of over 100kph from Mon­day when Hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia reaches our shores.

The storm is cur­rently pick­ing up speed as it crosses the At­lantic and we are ex­pected to feel the ef­fects of it on Mon­day and Tues­day.

Met Éire­ann has is­sued an ad­vi­sory say­ing a com­bi­na­tion of a vig­or­ous At­lantic weather sys­tem, and the rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia, will pass close to Ire­land. It has the po­ten­tial to be a ‘high-im­pact’ event in parts of the coun­try.

The fore­caster claimed there is a lot of un­cer­tainty on the ex­act move­ment of the sys­tem dur­ing the com­ing four days, but storm-force winds, out­breaks of heavy rain and very high seas are threat­ened.

Met Éire­ann will keep a close watch on its evo­lu­tion and is­sue fur­ther ad­vi­sories and warn­ings, it said.

Fore­caster Liz Gavin said: ‘‘We are mon­i­tor­ing this at the mo­ment... The cur­rent in­di­ca­tions sug­gest it will track close to our shores.’

Ophe­lia is the tenth con­sec­u­tive storm to reach hur­ri­cane-level strength in the At­lantic so far this year.

To­day, the rain will con­tinue through to tonight on south­ern coasts where it will re­main dull and damp. To­mor­row will be a gen­er­ally cloudy day for many, with show­ers at times and pos­si­bly longer spells of rain along the west coast.

There will be some brighter spells in the af­ter­noon.

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