Storm Helene to bring wet and windy weather to Ireland

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 14, 2018

She is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the U.S. states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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".

Strongest winds are expected to spread from southern Ireland and the west of Cornwall and Wales, moving into north-western England, western Scotland and then northern Scotland.

While now classified as a hurricane, Helene will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the shores of Northern Ireland.

However, it is not expected to bring the severe weather seen during Storm Ophelia last October, which caused widespread damage and left three people dead.

The US National Hurricane Center said the storm is packing winds of 140km/h, but it is expected to weaken from a tropical storm as it moves north from the Azores towards Ireland and the UK.

Marco Petagna, a Met Office forecaster, told the Sun Online: "Storm Helene is still in the Atlantic but it could have an influence in Britain next week".

Here's all you need to know about Hurricane Helene which is set to arrive close to the United Kingdom on Tuesday.

"Helene has taken a very similar track to that of Ophelia past year, which is extremely unusual for an Atlantic hurricane", Nolan told us.

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