Ex-Hurricane Ophelia set to batter Merseyside with 80mph winds

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Ex-hurricane Ophelia is set to bring winds of up 80 miles per hour to the Wirral this week, the Met Office said.

Weather forecasters have issued a yellow, be aware, warning with winds expected to be in excess of 80mph in exposed coastal areas of Merseyside.

The storm has taken a very rare course up the eastern side of the Atlantic and is maintaining exceptional power in it’s current position. The cool waters southwest of Portugal usually deprive storms of energy but this one has however sustained strength. It is now caught up in the jet stream and will lose tropical characteristics while heading north.

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The storm is currently forecast to move up the west coast of Ireland, in this case we would miss the worst of the storm but, it is very possible the storm may move east – in which case batten down the hatches!

A Met Office spokesman said the warning was in force from midday on Monday until midnight. “A spell of very windy weather is likely on Monday in association with ex-Ophelia. Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journeys times and cancellations possible.

Surf forecaster Magicseaweed is forecasting waves in excess of 30ft to hit North Wales.

“Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs could happen, perhaps leading to injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

“Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray or large waves,” he said.

The Republic of Ireland’s Met Office has issued a red warning for counties in Munster and Connacht ahead of the storm.

The bad weather is expected to continue into Tuesday with a spell of very windy weather likely in association with ex-Ophelia.

Hurricane Ophelia is currently in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores and heading for the Bay of Biscay, the Bristol Channel and the Irish Sea.

It is currently blowing winds of 115mph setting the record for the most eastern category three hurricane in the Atlantic.

The hurricane will be a storm when it hits the UK, exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 which killed 18 people.