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Hurricane Ophelia to batter North East with 70mph winds

Hurricane Ophelia to batter North East with 70mph winds”

School children across Donegal could be left without school transport on Monday if Met Éireann increases its weather warning to status red for the county.

The storm is projected to hit the State on Monday bringing with it severe winds and stormy conditions.

Gale force winds, heavy rain, and high seas threaten to cause chaos in Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry as the massive tropical hurricane blows into Ireland after this weekend.

A Status Red Wind Warning is in place for the west coast while the rest of the country has been placed on the second highest weather alert level - Orange.

The tropical storm is making its way across the Atlantic Ocean, and Ophelia's remnants look set to reach the United Kingdom on Monday.

The storm, which will be what is known as an "ex-hurricane" when it reaches Britain early next week.

'A yellow wind warning has been enforced already over the western parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as we expect to get winds of up to 60/70mph and gusts as high as 80mph from about midday through to midnight.

The tropical storm is now making its way across the Atlantic Ocean as a category 1 hurricane with winds of up to 100mph.

The weather warning is valid from 9 am on Monday until 3 am on Tuesday.

It was then upgraded again to a category two storm as it continued to strengthen on Thursday, with winds of up to 105mph just over the Portuguese Azore islands.



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