Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Met Office issue various weather warnings around the United Kingdom as Ophelia strikes

Met Office issue various weather warnings around the United Kingdom as Ophelia strikes

WINDS of up to 50mph are predicted to batter the area tomorrow afternoon.

Clare remains on red alert as emergency services finalise preparations for the impact of Hurricane Ophelia.

"On the basis of the latest information we have issued an Amber wind warning for Northern Ireland for the most intense period of winds between 3pm and 10pm on Monday".

Road, rail, air and ferry travel could be affected and people are being warned of longer journey times and cancellations.

"Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage".

This warning is in place until midnight.


A Met Office Spokesman said: "Very strong winds are forecast to affect most western and some central parts of the United Kingdom during Monday".

The Met Office is warning of strong winds in association with Ophelia - despite the storm being downgraded from a hurricane - particularly towards the coast, bringing travel disruption and big waves.

Gusts of 55-65mph are likely across Northern Ireland with 70-80mph gusts in the far south-east.

Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs could happen, perhaps leading to injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

The orange warning, which is in effect from 9am tomorrow, Monday, until 3am on Tuesday, states average wind speeds between 65 and 80 kmh, with gusts between 110 and 130kmh are expected.

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