Hurricane Helene could bring severe weather to the United Kingdom next week

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2018

The Irish weather forecast is predicting "very disturbed weather" over the coming week, though was keen to stress that Helene would not be as strong as Ophelia.

Helene is a category 1 hurricane and one of four active storms in the Atlantic as the hurricane season reaches its peak. The yellow warning, which means residents should be aware of possible disruption, is in place from 6pm on Monday until noon on Tuesday.

The Met Office has warned injuries and danger to life are a possibility due to flying debris.

The hurricane is just behind a more ferocious storm, Florence, which is expected to bring catastrophic flooding and hurricane-force winds to parts of the United States. The hurricane will weaken as it moves over cooler water, and is expected to be downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status before making the transition to post-tropical storm on Sunday.

Wind speeds are expected to hit 55-65mph, with maximums of 70-80mph.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

Meteorologist Cathal Nolan has said, "having assessed the latest weather models and based on my own numerical calculations it looks increasingly likely that hurricane Helene will make landfall in Ireland at some point between 14:00 on Monday and 02:00 on Tuesday next".

Power cuts, large waves, beach material being thrown onto sea fronts and fallen trees are further predicted hazards.

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