‘High-impact’ Hurricane Ophelia on track to hit Ireland
Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning as Hurricane Ophelia heads towards Ireland.
People are being warned about the potential for storm-force winds, heavy rain and high seas.
A combination of a vigorous Atlantic weather system and the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia will pass close to Ireland on Monday, which Met Éireann says has the potential to be a “high-impact event” in parts of the country.
There is a lot of uncertainty as to the exact evolution and movement of this weather system during the coming four days, but storm-force winds, outbreaks of heavy rain and very high seas are threatened.
The aftermath of Hurricane Darwin in Killarney National Park, where one of the 250-year-old oak trees was knocked to the ground. \ Valerie O'Sullivan
Met Éireann says it will maintain a close watch on the evolution and issue further advisories and warnings as these are warranted.
The current yellow weather warning was issued on Thursday afternoon, 12 October, and will remain in place until Tuesday, 17 October.