Ophelia affecting central and northern UK, moving northeast; update and recap of today’s events (19:20 UTC)

Cyclone Ophelia is moving northeastward, affecting parts of the UK and Ireland with storm force winds. It is gradually weakening.

Peak winds of post-tropical cyclone Ophelia have now shifted over the northern and central part of the British Isles, peak gusts of up to 145 km/h reported in Scotland, 136 km/h in Wales.

Current peak wind gusts across the British Isles and Ireland. Map: Meteociel.fr.

Short recap of Ophelia’s landfall

Hurricane Ophelia transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone late yesterday / early today, heading for landfall in SW Ireland in the early afternoon.

A sting jet likely developed just before landfall, with peak wind gusts reavh 191 km/h in Ireland’s southernmost point, Fastnet Rock.

Satellite analysis of post-tropical storm Ophelia rapidly approaching Ireland this morning. Notice the branches of “banded cloud head” pushed towards the SW Ireland, indicating that the sting jet structure is likely developed. Source: EUMETSAT.

Some preliminary peak wind gust speed values so far:

  • 191 km/h – Fastnet Lighthouse
  • 158 km/h – Glenanne (UK)
  • 155 km/h – Roches Point
  • 145 km/h – Cairngorm (UK)
  • 136 km/h – Aberdaron (UK)
  • 135 km/h – Bouee 60023 (off SSE Ireland)
  • 134 km/h – Cairnwell (UK)
  • 125 km/h – Isle of Man (UK)
  • 124 km/h – Cork Airport
  • 123 km/h – Dundernnan (UK)
  • 119 km/h – Valentia
  • 119 km/h – Sherkin Island
  • 119 km/h – Saint Bees Head (UK)

Stay tuned for further updates.