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Strong winds from Hurricane Ophelia to batter Ireland

Sheetal Sukhija - Friday 13th October, 2017

DUBLIN, Ireland - As Hurricane Ophelia crosses the Atlantic, it is set to batter Ireland with strong winds of over 120kph. 

The Met Eireann has warned that the Hurricane Ophelia is set to reach Ireland early next week, on Monday and Tuesday.

The hurricane is currently picking up speed and Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh has said, “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 U.K. At the moment the track is very uncertain and it is therefore quite difficult to decipher where the strongest winds will be. It does look like it will hit Ireland on Monday, heading into Tuesday will be very stormy days."

Met Eireann has predicted gusts in "excess of 120kph."

Ophelia has also said that the hurricane could cause heavy showers.

The forecaster said, "At the moment this is more of a wind event than a rain event but of course the possibility of heavy rainfall with an extra-tropical cyclone cannot be ruled out."

It would be the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane level strength in the Atlantic so far this year.

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