Hurricane Ophelia: Powerful Storm Warning For UK – lands dates of the Great Storm of 1987

Hurricane Orphelia: Powerful Storm Warning For UK
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Hurricane Ophelia: Powerful Storm Warning For UK – arrives same dates the Great Storm of 1987. 

The Met Office has issued Northern Ireland with an amber weather warning. This is because Hurricane Ophelia continues across the Atlantic towards the British Isles.

The warning of potential danger to life came as the Republic of Ireland called a national emergency meeting.

Ophelia is on the way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. It is currently blowing winds of 90mph (145km/h).

The hurricane will be a storm when it hits the UK. This is exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. Then the nation was told by there would be no storm.

It has been downgraded to a category one hurricane by the US National Hurricane Center.  The forecast storm continue to gradually weaken.

The weather system is expected to bring severe winds. Also stormy conditions to parts of Ireland and the UK, with winds of up to 70mph (113km/h).

The Met Office: a good chance Northern Ireland could be hit on Monday afternoon. This could lead to power cuts, flying debris. Also large waves in coastal areas and disruption to all travel services.

It also issued a yellow warning of very windy weather.  It updated later Sunday morning to take in much of northern England and Wales, along with parts of southern and central Scotland.

Three battalions of soldiers on permanent stand-by to deal with major incidents in the UK.  But Ministry of Defence no specific requests made by local authorities.

Monday

BBC Weather forecasts Monday to be a day of huge contrasts. Strong gusts of wind. Travelling over the Irish Sea and heading north to central and southern Scotland sparing eastern parts of the UK.

The South of the country warm. Storm not expected to affect the whole nation. A watch on how the storm develops will be made by weather centre. Alerts issued should there be change

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