Hurricane Helene to reach Ireland by Monday, but no severe weather expected say experts

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Hurricane Helene to reach Ireland by Monday, but no severe weather expected say experts
14:30 Friday 14th of September 2018

Fears of a the tail end of a hurricane pushing in from the Atlantic have been eased despite the expectancy of Hurricane Helene reaching the Irish coast early next week.

The storm, which formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean near the Azores Islands, is due to arrive on Monday night in Ireland, though it is not predicted to be as strong as some storms earlier in the year.

NUI Maynooth Professor John Sweeney has said that it's trajectory is similar to Hurricane Ophelia but the consequences won't be as severe.

"The trajectory is almost identical to Ophelia, but you can rest assured, the expectation is this hurricane will weaken," he said.

"It will get caught up in jet streams and low pressure streams, it will probably reach us in the form of heavy rainfall, maybe gales.

"But it will be no repeat of Ophelia."

Met Eireann have said that they will monitor the situation, but they do not expect to have to release any warnings in relation to the weather next week.

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