Damaging winds expected from Ophelia
LONDON – 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 on 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, which is based in Exeter, England. The west coasts of Ireland and England will probably be worst hit.
This Atlantic storm season has already 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.