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    Default Tail end of Hurricane Ophelia on way to Ireland

    Tail end of Hurricane Ophelia on way to Ireland

    Ireland could be hit by winds of up to 70mph as the remains of Hurricane Ophelia strikes at the start of next week.

    The hurricane looks set to travel north towards Ireland and Britain from the mid-Atlantic.

    By the time Ophelia reaches our shores - likely to the west of Ireland - on Monday it will have become an ex-hurricane.

    However, the deep area of low pressure will still pack a punch.

    "Most ex-tropical features come across the north Atlantic from Newfoundland," said John Wylie from the Met Office at Aldergrove in County Antrim.

    "This one, from the south west, is more unusual. Although it has happened before.
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    "The most famous was ex-hurricane Gordon in 2006."

    The Met Office warns that wind gusts of up to 70mph (115km/h) can be expected in exposed areas, with gusts up to 60mph (95km/h) elsewhere.

    Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are possible according to the Met Office's yellow weather warning for Northern Ireland.

    "It is possible that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and larges waves," it says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanDango View Post
    That central pressure looks pretty scary! Just wondering if the wind scale is knots, mph, or km/h (big difference).

    The BBC's Ireland correspondent, Chris Page, said it would be the most severe storm to hit Ireland in half a century.
    Ophelia is on its way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean and it comes 30 years after the UK's Great Storm of 1987.
    Met Eireann meteorologist Joanna Donnelly told BBC Breakfast that "hurricane-force winds" were expected at Ireland's southern coast at around 10:00 BST, but the "real impact" for the Republic of Ireland will be about midday.
    The Republic of Ireland's Met Office predicts coastal areas will be hit by winds in excess of 80mph (130km/h) from 09:00 BST on Monday until Tuesday and is warning against unnecessary travel.
    Gerald Fleming, head of its general forecasting division, told Irish broadcaster RTE: "The track is very consistent [and] has been for days.
    "The strongest winds [will be] along the south coast.

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    Live Text updates, for those who are interested:

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    Ophelia's trail of destruction: Three dead, €800m worth of damage and 300,000 without power as clean-up begins

    Massive clean9-up begins nationwide
    All primary and secondary schools remain closed
    Country's airports back up and running - with some delays expected
    Tributes paid to the three victims of Ophelia
    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has extended his sympathies to the families of those killed
    Funding pledged for local authorities to help with clean up operation
    Public urged to remain on high alert as dangers remain
    245,000 remain without power - it could take days to restore power in some places
    Major backlog expected at GP surgeries and emergency departments

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