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Winds of over 120kph set to batter the country when Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland

12 October 2017 08:44
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Winds of over 120kph set to batter the country when Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland

Ophelia is currently picking up speed as it crosses the Atlantic and we are expected to feel the effects of it on Monday and Tuesday.

Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh told Independent.ie: "It is coming towards Ireland, basically the hurricane is south-west of the Azores right now and it is tracking towards Portugal.

"As it comes north over the weekend it will change into an extra-tropical cyclone and it is tracking towards Ireland and the UK.

"At the moment the track is very uncertain and it is therefore quite difficult to decipher where the strongest winds will be.

Forecaster Alex Burkhill said: "It's definitely something that we are keeping an eye on, for the possibility of some disruptive weather early next week."

Ophelia is the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane level strength in the Atlantic so far this year, it is also the 15th named storm.

Source: independent.ie

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