Monday, 16 October 2017

Hurricane Ophelia rages towards Ireland

Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack gives a briefing an Ophelia. Photo: Mark Condren

EMERGENCY measures will be taken in the next 48 hours as the country braces itself for a ferocious storm comparable with Hurricane Debbie, the most powerful cyclone ever to hit Ireland.
As Hurricane Ophelia approaches, a status red severe weather warning has been issued for coastal areas with an orange alert for the rest of the country.
The National Emergency Coordination has been meeting this morning, and it heard from Met Eireann that the eye of the storm may hit the south coast before it tracks up along the west coast.
The counties expected to be hit with the highest winds will be along the south coast from Wexford to Galway and Mayo, and flooding is expected in some areas, while there are also fears of structural damage in some areas.

Latest guidance from the National Hurricane Centre.
Bear in mind times shown are AST so add 5 hours.
Latest guidance from the National Hurricane Centre. Bear in mind times shown are AST 

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney has urged the public to take the severe weather warnings seriously.
The former Defence Minister wrote on Twitter: “Anybody not taking storm Orphelia seriously should think again - I don't remember ever seeing a forecast for the south coast quite like this.”
The weather service has warned  this is the strongest hurricane to form in the Atlantic since records began.
A status red weather warning has been issued by Met √Čireann - its highest warning - for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry

Culled from Irish Independent 

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