Ireland’s winter arrives early as Hurricane Ophelia set to hit

Life guards in Galway prepare for storm to hit

The tail end of hurricane Ophelia is due to hit Northern Ireland today.

September saw the remnants of Hurrican Katia sweep across Ireland with winds of up to 80 mph recorded in Malin Head in Inishowen. Ophelia is now set to hit Northern and western Ireland by Saturday with winds speeds of up to 60 mph.

Counties most at risk include Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Tyrone, Derry, Antrim, Derry and Down, according to IrishWeatherOnline.

Ophelia is expected to bring widespread damage to trees and minor structural damage.
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The UK Met Office have issued a ‘Yellow Warning’ for Northern Ireland and have warned members of the public about the possible travel disruptions.

The storm comes barely a week after the warmest temperature of the year (78.1 F) was recorded in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.