Ophelia to make landfall with deadly conditions as Southern Ireland could see over 100MPH wind speeds!

In less than 24 hours Ophelia will be making its presence felt across the UK & in particular Ireland where the Southern most coastal regions can expect winds to top 100MPH!

The whole of Ireland will see potentially damaging wind speeds with Trees, Fences, Tiles and other loose objects likely to be victim to the ferocious winds with residents urged to ensure all loose garden furniture, Pots, chairs etc etc are taken in.

Ophelia is also forecast to produce 2 to 3 inches of rain with isolated totals nearing 4 inches through Tuesday across western Ireland and Scotland.
A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the east of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Yesterday Met Eireann took the step of issuing a red warning for the storm that could be the most powerful to hit the UK in 30 years.

The statement from them reads as follows:

STATUS RED

Wind Warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry

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.

Issued:

Saturday 14 October 2017 13:18

Valid:

Monday 16 October 2017 09:00 to Tuesday 17 October 2017 03:00