Ophelia to Lash Ireland, Northern UK with High Winds and Heavy Rain

| October 15, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

Hurricane Ophelia is 400 miles west of Oporto, Portugal right now. It still has top winds of 90 mph, but it beginning to show signs of transitioning to a strong extratropical cyclone.

Its strong winds and heavy rains will reach the southern coast of Ireland early Monday morning and spread across Northern Ireland and northern Great Britain tomorrow and tomorrow night.

Met Eireann, the national meteorological service of Ireland, has a National Warning in effect for the country. According to their official forecast, rain will become widespread and persistent tonight. Winds will become strong and gusty out of the east by dawn local time. A Wind Warning is in effect for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford, where wind speed in excess of 50 mph and gusts over 80 mph are expected.

Winds from Ophelia are expected to exceed those of Debbie in 1961, which passed near the north coast of Ireland. We continue to monitor an area of low-pressure north of Hispaniola. It could undergo some development in days ahead but will be absorbed by the cold front approaching Alabama

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