Sunday, 15 October 2017

Met Office warns of 'potential danger to life' as Hurricane Ophelia heads to UK

The Met Office has issued Northern Ireland with an amber weather warning as Hurricane Ophelia remains on course to hit Ireland and the UK on Monday.

The warning of "potential danger to life" came as Ireland called a national emergency meeting.

Ophelia, on its way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean, is currently blowing winds of 90mph (145km/h).

The hurricane will be a storm when it hits the UK, exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

It has been downgraded to a category one hurricane by the US National Hurricane Center and is forecast to gradually weaken but maintain hurricane force winds until it reaches Ireland.
The weather system is expected to bring severe winds and stormy conditions to parts of Ireland and the UK - with winds of up to 70mph (113km/h).

BBC      News.

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