Storm-force winds and heavy rain possible as remnants of hurricane strike

Storm-force winds and heavy rain are possible over the next few days, as the remnants of a hurricane hit Ireland, according to Met Eireann.

A status yellow weather warning has been issued and will remain in place until 6:00am on Tuesday, October 17. A weather advisory warning for Ireland came into effect at 2:00pm this afternoon.

A combination of a vigorous Atlantic weather system and the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia are forecast to pass close to Ireland on Monday (October 16).

This has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country, Met Eireann warned.

There is a lot of uncertainty as to the exact evolution and movement of this weather system during the coming four days, but storm-force winds, outbreaks of heavy rain, and very high seas are threatened.

Met Eireann will maintain a close watch on the evolution of this weather system and it will issue further warnings when and if they are warranted.

Conditions will remain windy this evening and there is a risk of rain in western areas becoming more widespread. It is set to be windy overnight with rain, heavy in places, most likely in Atlantic coastal counties – there will also be a risk of spot flooding.

There will be some hill and coastal fog also tonight, as temperatures range from 11º to 14º.

Meanwhile, Friday is expected to be humid and breezy. Further rain is forecast at times, with some of it turning heavy. But some dry spells will also develop, according to Met Eireann, with the best of these being seen over northern and western areas in the afternoon.

Fog is set to affect exposed hills and coasts also. But the stiff southwest winds will ease through the day, as temperatures range from 16º to 18º, Met Eireann concluded.

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