Tropical Storm Ophelia Expected To Become A Hurricane

Grab the wellies: Hurricane Ophelia is due to hit Ireland on Monday

Batten down the hatches! The tail end of a hurricane is set to hit Ireland

But are people right to be anxious?

The storm is set to become a hurricane on Sunday, as Ophelia shows signs of changing track and hitting the United Kingdom just after the weekend - nearly 30 years to the day since the Great Storm of 1987.

Unlike many tropical storms and hurricanes which cross the Atlantic, Ophelia will not break down before she arrives. If so, it will be only the third time in history that a hurricane to hit the Iberian Peninsula.

On average, according to the National Hurricane Center, one hurricane forms in October.

But Ophelia will not be at hurricane status by the time it reaches the United Kingdom, as our waters are not warm enough to sustain it at that strength.

Ophelia became a hurricane on Wednesday, becoming the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017. However, the NHC said it would be downgraded to a storm by then.

The arrival of Ophelia coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987 which claimed 18 lives.

The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said.

"At the moment it looks like it's going to track along the side of the west coast of Ireland and just brushes the edge of Scotland".

Western Britain will also likely be battered by gusts of between 60mph and 70mph.

The storm is predicted to reach 1,100 km south of the nine-island archipelago by late Thursday, before arcing east.

The Met Office predicts some parts of the eastern areas could see highs of 23C on Sunday, with the possibility of even warmer temperatures on Monday.

"Above-normal temperatures could continue into Monday before getting cooler from Tuesday".

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