Munster and south Leinster set to be worst effected by storm Ophelia
Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast for Monday as ex-hurricane Ophelia makes it way across the Atlantic and up towards Ireland.
Met Éireann has this morning warned that counties in Munster and south Leinster will likely see the most damaging effects of the storm.
“The winds will veer southwesterly as the low pressure system tracks northwards over western parts of the country. Flooding is threatened due to potentially heavy falls of rain and very high seas. Top temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees.”
Latest info on #Ophelia here:https://t.co/pacjMXex1S
Graphic below from the National Hurricane Centre in the U.S.https://t.co/zQGCe7lRD9 pic.twitter.com/dXa8BechQr
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 14, 2017
“There are likely to be changes to the warnings which will be updated later this morning, pending the latest up to date guidance. This is an evolving situation and your patience is appreciated.”
The latest cautioning comes after Status Red weather warnings were issued for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.
Heavy rainfall and high tides are expected as the remnants of hurricane Ophelia are to hit Ireland. Watch out for flash flooding #TravelSafe pic.twitter.com/JBdf2xgn04
— RSA Ireland (@RSAIreland) October 14, 2017
A Status Orange wind warning is in place for the rest of the country and road users have been urged to check traffic conditons before travelling.
Brian Farrell, Communications Manager with the RSA, said cyclists need to be particularly careful.