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16th Sep 2018

Met Éireann Releases New Briefing On Storm Helene


Met Éireann has released a second briefing in relation to Storm Helene.

The storm has been downgraded to an ex-tropical cyclone as it makes it way towards Ireland.

Nevertheless, gale force and strong gale force winds are expected in southern counties with wind warning expected for a number of counties, including Waterford, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Meath and Louth.

A yellow rain warning has already been put in place for Galway and Mayo.

The briefing in full reads:

Tropical storm Helene continues to weaken and will transition to an ex-tropical storm this afternoon.

It is currently located to the north of the Azores at approximately 43°N and 28°W. It will continue to track northeastwards towards Ireland through the rest of today and Monday.°

On Monday night, ex-tropical storm Helene will track northeastwards close to the southeast of Ireland. Current forecasts indicate that south to southeast winds will reach gale or strong gale force over the Celtic Sea and Irish Sea, but will be fresh to strong over land. However, it is possible that yellow level warning criteria may be reached in counties Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Meath and Louth. Suitable warnings will be issued if necessary.

Associated weather fronts will bring rain. On Monday, rain will be heavy in west Galway and county Mayo with a risk of flooding. Rainfall warnings have been issued for these counties. On Monday night, rain will spread eastwards across Ireland bringing heavy rain to many areas for a time and a risk of spot flooding. The rain will clear overnight.

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