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CAT 3 Ophelia Heading To Ireland

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I don't recall to many hurricanes hitting the UK as a major storm, but Ophelia will be a major one when she hits. Stay safe everyone! She's expected to make landfall early Monday morning.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-ophelia-track-path-latest-updates-uk-ireland/

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Global warming! Climate change! Coming ice age! On rare occasions does a hurricane or tropical storm hit anywhere in Europe. I'm in California, USA where we get earthquakes, but not much a tropical system from the Eastern Pacific comes here.   

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I heard about this today and read up a bit on how rare this type of thing is.  I think there's only been about 10 tropical storm strength storms to hit the area in the past 150 years or so.  This one is expected to most likely weaken to a weak tropical depression if it makes landfall there though.  In the past 150 year or so Spain and Portugal had 2 similar strength storms.  These things are rare, but do happen.

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@susieice as coincidences go It'll be 30 years to the day this famous (in the UK) incident happened with another storm. Weather presenter Michael Fish famous blooper.

No hurricane he said the next morning.

 

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Everyone just stay safe if you are in Northern England or Ireland. Even Scotland and Wales. These storms are nothing to play with, especially if you are not used to going through one. Hope Ophelia dies down a little before she makes landfall, but prepare for the worse. Better safe than sorry. We learned a tough lesson over here this year.

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a good weather site which updates every 20 mins is http://www.xcweather.co.uk/

if you place your cursor over the "wind arrows" you can see the forecast or current wind speeds. including buoys out in the sea wave height etc... (site also works for the USA and a number of other countries - change country top right) 

As it stands the strongest winds are expected during daylight hours with Southern Ireland to see 70 to 80 MPH winds.

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I'm in Berehaven, West Cork, a major sea-fishing port. We expect to shake hands with the devil about dawn in the morning and she'll be with us for many hours. A lot of apprehension here. People are fearing the winds but also the storm surge and the inevitable power failures. Hope we ride it out OK without any major damage, injury or even loss of life.

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Stay safe. CNN is reporting that she has been downgraded to a CAT 2 with sustained winds of 105 mph. Pretty heavy rain. She may impact the west coast of England and Northern Scotland if this map is correct. Meteorologists are trying to understand why she strengthened in what should be cooler Atlantic waters. That makes her very unusual.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/15/europe/hurricane-ophelia/index.html

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Tell you what the cloud cover is weird here in Liverpool, its like a murky weird yellow colour. light winds so far. live image over the city. (water front)

http://www.wirralcam.org/wirralcam2016/waterfront2.shtml

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Not sure about global warming, but the weather here this year is weird to say the least.

It's the middle of October and I've barely had the heating on so far. Normally it's frosty mornings and winter coats.

The average for North West England for example, between 1981 to 2010, was a low of 6°C to a high of 13°C. Today the forecast is between 12°C and 21°C! :o

Will probably feel the edges of Ophelia here in the North West. Stay safe if you're getting the worst of it over in Ireland.

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2 minutes ago, stevewinn said:

Tell you what the cloud cover is weird here in Liverpool, its like a murky weird yellow colour. light winds so far. live image over the city. (water front)

http://www.wirralcam.org/wirralcam2016/waterfront2.shtml

Yeah, similar here, thirty-odd miles from you.

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1 minute ago, LV-426 said:

Not sure about global warming, but the weather here this year is weird to say the least.

It's the middle of October and I've barely had the heating on so far. Normally it's frosty mornings and winter coats.

The average for North West England for example, between 1981 to 2010, was a low of 6°C to a high of 13°C. Today the forecast is between 12°C and 21°C! :o

Will probably feel the edges of Ophelia here in the North West. Stay safe if you're getting the worst of it over in Ireland.

Ophelia has brought the warmer tropical winds with her. But im with you on the heating, haven't had the fire or central heating on yet. - yet somehow my gas bill keeps going up, and apparently my consumption.

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winds getting stronger. over Southern Ireland.

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http://www.xcweather.co.uk/

On the link hold cursor over the arrows to see conditions.

the biggest arrow represents a Buoy, 78mph winds 24foot seas.

Edit to add at 12:50. The sun has came out.

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Trees down, roads blocked or strewn with branches and other debris, fences pushed over, slates off rooves, power lines down, power out, very heavy rain, no casualties and expecting a seasurge with hightide in an hours time. 

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the storm is bringing Saharan dust and debris from wildfires in Portgual and Spain leading to blood red sun - which was very impressive earler. Storm hitting us in county down Now - hopefully everything batten down.

windy but warm at the minute

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Sitting in our hotel in Dublin....of course I go on vaca...this time 2nd honeymoon celebrating 25 yrs....and the worst storm in 50 years hits...lol Lots of business are closed. Winds are high but its super sunny out right now. It's 3:45. We left early this morning from Belfast to beat the storm, got here about 12:30...no rain yet.

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Oh, they are reporting 2 casualties, one woman in Waterford was driving and a tree fell on her car and a man was using his chain saw, they think to clear a tree fallen on a road, and a different tree fell on him.

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Just reading reports from Ireland. They are saying 3 dead. Most of Ireland is without power. A lot of outages in Wales also. Heard about the yellow sky.

I hope all our UK members in Ophelia's path are sheltered in place and safe. Don't wander outside until it passes.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41627442

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I wonder what omens the blood red sun and yellow skies would have portended to our ancestors in the days of yore.

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6 hours ago, stevewinn said:

Tell you what the cloud cover is weird here in Liverpool, its like a murky weird yellow colour. light winds so far. live image over the city. (water front)

http://www.wirralcam.org/wirralcam2016/waterfront2.shtml

I’m glad you said that, it was the same here too (Birmingham), it reminded me of the sky a few minutes before a total eclipse.

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CNN reported this late Monday afternoon. They are saying this is the worse storm to hit Ireland since Hurricane Debbie in 1961. There has been so many strong storms produced this year. I wager this storm will be studied because of how unusual it is.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/weather/ophelia-ireland-arrival/index.html

8 hours ago, RAyMO said:

I wonder what omens the blood red sun and yellow skies would have portended to our ancestors in the days of yore.

Not sure how many storms hit Europe back in the day. I know the Spanish encountered them in the Carribean and many ships were lost. IVe heard the red color of the moon during a hurricane is what inspired Creedence Clearwater Revival to write the song Bad Moon Rising.

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Here's an update I got really early this morning before I turn in. The pics show the sky RAyMO and stevewinn are talking about. They say the Saharan dust will cover England again on Wednesday as it drifts back south. 

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/storm-ophelia-live-updates-as-remnants-of-hurricane-hit-british-isles-a3659481.html

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4 hours ago, susieice said:

Here's an update I got really early this morning before I turn in. The pics show the sky RAyMO and stevewinn are talking about. They say the Saharan dust will cover England again on Wednesday as it drifts back south. 

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/storm-ophelia-live-updates-as-remnants-of-hurricane-hit-british-isles-a3659481.html

There is a very fine covering of reddish/brownish dust on the car this morning, must be some of the Sahara.

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7 hours ago, susieice said:

Here's an update I got really early this morning before I turn in. The pics show the sky RAyMO and stevewinn are talking about. They say the Saharan dust will cover England again on Wednesday as it drifts back south. 

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/storm-ophelia-live-updates-as-remnants-of-hurricane-hit-british-isles-a3659481.html

Typical media - almost but not entirely completely wrong.

There is more pollution from the Iberia wildfires pushing up at the moment from the south - though it doesn't appear to be as thick, or producing quite such dramatic light, h as we experienced yesterday.

Whilst there was some saharan dust in the air yeaterday (and may be tomorrow) it is nothing more than we experience several times a year.

Worth notintg that there's also rain pushing up from the south - so some of this may well fall "dirty"

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