Hurricane Ophelia 2017 could bring hurricane conditions to Ireland next week

Hurricane Ophelia 2017 could bring hurricane conditions to Ireland next week

Hurricane Ophelia had been expected to strike Portugal, but could now be moving towards the Republic of Ireland and possibly also Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Monday.

"Ophelia is moving at 12 miles per hour (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through Saturday with an increase in forward speed", said the U.S. Hurricane Centre on Friday.

A weather warning has been issued for Cornwall as Hurricane Ophelia sweeps the Atlantic. That would keep the center of the storm south of most of the Azores, but close enough that a tropical storm watch or warning might be issued later today.

Hurricane Ophelia is meandering far out at sea in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Azores.

The weather will remain unsettled ahead of the storm's coming, with temperatures reaching 20C at times.

The NHC says Ophelia is barely moving and is continuing to strengthening, now boasting top sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.




Hurricane Ophelia has picked up speed as it moves to the east-northeast.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale".

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Ophelia is the 10th straight tropical storm to become a hurricane in an Atlantic season.

"These strong winds are forecast in association with the northward track of ex-Ophelia across or near to the west of the British Isles".

Hurrican Ophelia is now racing on a northeastern course straight towards Ireland, where it's expected to smash with storm force come Monday morning.

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