Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

A Hurricane Is Set To Hit Ireland On Monday

A Hurricane Is Set To Hit Ireland On Monday

Tropical Storm Ophelia has gained strength in the Atlantic and yesterday became a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center reported.

At this time in the hurricane season, conditions usually begin to become unfavorable for storms to develop, but some meteorologists are saying this year is different because of warm temperatures.

On average, according to the National Hurricane Center, one hurricane forms in October.

However, the US National Hurricane Center has predicted it will weaken to a regular storm before it hits the United Kingdom on Monday (October 17).

Hurricane Ophelia is set to hit Ireland, making landfall by Monday.

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It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15, caused £1 billion worth of damage and left 18 people dead.

The west coast of Ireland and Scotland are expected to suffer most with strong winds.

But he added: "It's definitely something that we are keeping an eye on, for the possibility of some disruptive weather early next week".

"Above-normal temperatures could continue into Monday before getting cooler from Tuesday. On Friday it'll get up to 68F (20C), by Saturday it'll be 70F (21C) and Sunday 73F (23C)".

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