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Former Major Hurricane Ophelia Batters Ireland

16 Oct 2017, 1:57 pm

The storm that was formerly Hurricane Ophelia has moved toward Ireland and is producing significant damage. Met Eireann, the Irish equivalent of the National Weather Service, has issued a status red for the country, with high winds and heavy rain encompassing the Island. According to the BBC, already three folks have been killed in the storm.

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Wind gusts have been clocked at more than 100 mph and nearing 200 kmph. The strong winds from the cyclone has uprooted trees, torn off roofs, and produced widespread power outages across Ireland. The storm is hitting on the 30 year anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which produced hurricane force winds and killed 22 in the United Kingdom and France.

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The location of Ophelia is rare, let alone the strength. The storm became a major hurricane this weekend of category 3 strength. On record, Ophelia is the farthest north major hurricane ever recorded and the latest on record in the Atlantic Basin since 1939.

The storm will continue to move away from Ireland and the U.K., but strong winds are expected across Europe over the next 24 hours.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels


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