Storm Updates 15/10/17
HurricaneÂ Ophelia Has been Upgraded to a category 3 Hurricane, Meteorologists weren't expecting this atall, thinking the storm was going to stay at a catergory 1 storm. A South East or southerly wind will quickly freshen, with a severe gale or storm developing later over the Irish Republic, around Irish Sea coasts and later across Northern Ireland. Damaging gusts of between 70 and 90mph are possible, with driving rain followed by squally showers some heavy with thunder, this is now a Dangerous storm, espeacially for those who live on the south coast of Ireland.
Met Eireann have a Red Alert out for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and KerryÂ which means:Â The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.
There is an Amber warning for Northern Ireland which means
This category of Amber level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.
I would take these warnings serious especially those who live in exposed areas.
Be safe if out and about and beware of fallen trees as they still have leaves on them which makes them more likely to give way in already saturated ground.