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Post-tropical cyclone Ophelia to hit Ireland today – update (8:30 UTC)

Post-tropical cyclone Ophelia will make landfall in Ireland late this morning to early afternoon. Expect a very severe and damaging windstorm with wind gusts peaking at 130-160 km/h, up to 190 km/h at higher elevations. This is a potentially very dangerous situation!

Latest airmass view of post-tropical cyclone Ophelia as it nears Ireland. Image: EUMETSAT.

Ophelia has transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone, still packing hurricane-force winds: up to 130-135 km/h sustained, gusts well above 150 km/h. Central pressure is 968 mbar and the system is tracking NNE towards landfall in southern Ireland early this afternoon.

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Various high-resolution models are in good agreement: widespread severe to very severe winds across Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland gusting at 120-150 km/h, locally up to 160 km/h. Expect winds gusting up to 180-190 km/h at higher elevations and in exposed areas.

Latest ARPEGE model guidance: on track to hit S Ireland late in the morning, track along the island over the afternoon. Expect winds gusting up to 140-160 km/h along the SW coast, up to 180-190 km/h at higher elevations. 120-160 km/h peak gusts across much of Ireland and parts of Wales, locally possibly more at higher elevations. Click on map to enlarge. Maps:

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Expect the southern parts of Ireland to be hit first, with strong storm to hurricane-force winds late in the morning to early afternoon. As the system tracks NNE-wards, strong storm to locally hurricane-force winds will spread across much of the island.

This is a potentially very dangerous situation, that may result in damage in property and loss of life. Follow any instructions given by your national weather service. Check back for regular updates!

Warm Monday ahead for parts of western and central Europe
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