Storm Helene arrives in Northern Ireland with 70mph winds

17 September, 2018, 14:15 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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While she will have downgraded to a Post Tropical grading by the time of arrival, there will still be enough wind and rain to potentially bring some weather warnings to the majority of the counties.

But the Met Office says Helene could be heading east towards the south-western corners of the United Kingdom, with the tip of Ireland among the worst affected.

"A spell of strong winds is expected, initially mainly in the far southwest of England and across western Wales".

Temperatures could be very warm in the south east next week due to a blast of tropical air being brought up in association with the storm.

But the majority of Helene's strong winds are now predicted to spend themselves over the Irish Sea from Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

The spokesman said: "Helene is still over the Atlantic but it's weakening and we're a lot more confident of what's going to happen".


"By the time it reaches the United Kingdom we're looking at potential for 40 to 50mph gusts, with isolated chances of 55 to 60 miles per hour gusts on exposed high ground or coastal areas", Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxi told i.

"It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon".

The turbulent weather is coming off the back of one of a number of major storms now raging in the Atlantic - another of which, Hurricane Florence, caused mass evacuations on the east coast of the United States in recent days.

"Winds associated with the storm are now expected to be strongest at sea and along the south and southeast coasts, with winds overland expected to be moderate to fresh, easterly in direction at first, then becoming cyclonic variable as the eye of the storm passes over". A warning was put in place to run for 12 hours beginning at noon today for Galway and Mayo - with up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain expected.

Thursday is now looking like the better of the days with rain clearing to showers and winds easing light southwest to west for a time.

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