“As the southern most community in Ireland we are expecting to get the first whack off Ophelia in the morning and throughout the day.” says Máirtín Ó Méalóid on Cape Clear Island, and continues “Probably going to be without electricity and possibly various communications systems for a few days given the impending grim forecast. Everybody stay safe and watch out for others! Ná tóg aon seansanna amadacha!”
Ireland is preparing for what could be its worst storm in half a century when the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia make landfall, bringing wind gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour.
Ophelia is now a post-tropical cyclone but is still forecast to bring hurricane-force winds to Ireland and the United Kingdom on Monday (local time).
On late Sunday (local time), Ophelia’s maximum sustained winds at 140 km/h with higher gusts. The storm weakened to a category one hurricane as it moved north-north-east across the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 145 kilometres per hour.