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Met Éireann Issues Update As Hurricane Oscar Crosses The Atlantic

By Kiara Keane

October 30, 2018 at 7:45pm

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It looks as we’re in for a grim week with plenty of wind and rain on the way.

There’s been concern that things could get even worse as Hurricane Oscar makes its way across the Atlantic and there's a chance that Ireland will be rocked by Storm Deirdre.

And while it’s now looking like the hurricane won’t actually make landfall in Ireland, it will bring "widespread rain" and "blustery southerly winds" over the weekend as it downgrades to a tropical storm.

Met Éireann forecaster Liz Walsh said: "The National Hurricane Centre continues to issue advisories for Hurricane Oscar in the western subtropical Atlantic.

"The system is expected to become a post tropical storm on Wednesday night as it continues to track north-northeastwards.

"The current track guidance has Storm Oscar tracking between Scotland and Iceland during Saturday."

She added, "Current indications suggest that the strongest winds associated with post tropical Storm Oscar will likely be in coastal regions of the west and northwest during Saturday, with gales or potentially strong gales in those sea areas."

Meanwhile, Carlow Weather's Alan O'Reilly said that "details will chop and change over the next 72 hours" as they track the storm's "uncertain" path.

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