Hurricane Ophelia is churning through the northeast Atlantic Ocean and is set to convey an impact of strong winds on Ireland and the United Kingdom Monday as a powerful post-tropical low-pressure system.
UK weather experts have warned it could bring a “danger to life” when it batters parts of the country on Monday.
The storm – which has set the record for the strongest hurricane ever to hit the east side of the Atlantic – is hurtling towards Ireland and the west coast of the UK with winds of 115 mph.
For a period Saturday into early Sunday, Ophelia was a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Though Ophelia was upgraded from a Category 2 to 3 Hurricane on Saturday, the storm is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds of up to 80 miles per hour when it hits Ireland tomorrow.
A yellow weather warning issued by Met Office comes into effect for Northern Ireland and the west strip of the UK, covering the south west of England, west Wales and west Scotland at 12 pm on Monday.
A red weather warning has been issued for Ireland which is expected to carry the full brunt of the storm.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, forecasters cautioned power cuts could happen and cell phone coverage could be affected.
The UK’s Met Office said some damage to structures, for example, tiles blown from rooftops could happen, maybe prompting wounds and danger to life from flying debris. Coastal routes, ocean fronts and coastal communities may be affected by the splash as well as large waves.
The storm is to proceed overnight with more wind on Tuesday. The Met Office’s weather alert ends at 6 pm on Tuesday.
Necessary preparations to secure lives and property ought to be completed this afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The major storm currently has winds extending 45 miles outward from the centre point of the storm and tropical storm-force winds broadening outward of 150 miles.
Ophelia could bring rainfall from 2 inches to 3 inches with the isolated torrential rain of up to 4 inches across west Ireland and Scotland.
At the point when the eye of the storm makes landfall, large and destructive waves are likely, according to the National Hurricane Centre.
Red warning for Ireland starts on Monday at 9 am. The worst affected areas are set to be Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, and Kerry.
London and central parts of England could be hit by the tail end of winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Ophelia is the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane in 2017.