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:
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.
Saturday 14 October 2017 13:18
Monday 16 October 2017 09:00 to Tuesday 17 October 2017 03:00
We’ve all heard some of the bad news surrounding Ophelia.
However for parts of England she may be a blessing with the Hurricane dragging a lot of very mild air northwards with her spilling into England.
So much warm air that the temperature record could be broken with temps reaching 26/27c by monday afternoon!
So maybe one last BBQ is on the cards after all.
The National Hurricane Center’s latest update on Ophelia shows the Hurricane remaining just that incredibly close to the South West of Ireland.
The latest update which categorises Ophelia as a Cat 1 Hurricane shows a slow East North Eastward movement with the potential for further strengthening over the next 2 days on top of the already powerful 85MPH Sustained winds and gusts of over 100MPH+!
Current projections would bring the worst of the strong winds and heavy rainfall to the South West tip of Ireland with the potential for the worst storm this area has seen in many years.
The latest statement from the NOAA NWS reads as follows:
‘OPHELIA MOVING SLOWLY NORTHEASTWARD OVER THE NORTHEASTERN ATLANTIC…
Hurricane Ophelia is centered as of 5 a.m. AST about 725 miles (1165 km) southwest of the Azores, moving toward the northeast near 3 mph (6 km/h). This general motion is expected today, followed a by faster motion toward the east-northeast or northeast on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some slight strengthening is possible over the next day or two. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km).’