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15th Oct 2017

There Are Currently 42 Foot Waves Off The South Coast Of Ireland


As the worst storm in 50 years approaches our shores the emergency plan has fully started to kick into top gear around the country. We’ve shared a full list of closures and steps being taken.

Although the storm has not hit land yet it has been whipping up the Atlantic Ocean as it approaches the West coast of Ireland.

The waves are currently being tracked at between 42 and 45 feet off the South West coast of Ireland. That is as tall as three double decker buses stacked on top of each other…

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They’ve been getting bigger over the last 12 hours…

The waves are actually forecast to start hitting 50 foot tomorrow as the storm approaches…

Here is the latest full updated from Met Eireann

Update on Storm Ophelia issued at 6pm Sunday October 15th
15 October 2017

WIND:  Gale-force winds are expected to begin across southern parts by early Monday morning and gradually spread northwards across the country during the day.  Hurricane-force winds are expected to reach southern coastal counties by late Monday morning with storm force winds spreading inland and northwards across the country during Monday.

Preparations to protect lives and property should be taken today if possible.

Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains are often up to 30 percent stronger than the near-surface winds indicated in our Warnings, and in some elevated locations could be even greater.

RAINFALL:  Ophelia is expected to produce rainfall amounts up to 50mm in parts of the west with isolated totals above 50mm in elevated areas of the south and west.  Across eastern Ireland, rainfall amounts will likely average less than 30mm.

STORM SURGE:  A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the east of where the centre of the post-tropical cyclone makes landfall.  Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

This is why we are seeing such warm weather in advance…