Helene becomes post-tropical cyclone heading to Ireland, U.K.

Hurricane Helene is forecast to weaken over the eastern Atlantic Ocean and interests in the Azores islands should monitor the storm’s progress

Hurricane Helene is forecast to weaken over the eastern Atlantic Ocean and interests in the Azores islands should monitor the storm’s progress

Storm Helene will travel up the West Coast on Monday and Tuesday, hitting Wales and travelling through parts of the North West.

"Short interval intense rainfall may occur in places, but due to the speed at which the system is moving through, it is not envisaged at this stage that a rain warning will be required, although this aspect will continue to be examined more closely once our high resolution model guidance becomes available on Sunday". The gusty winds will be accompanied in places by heavy, squally showers.

Xplore Dundee has issued a warning for possible consequences in Dundee.

Storm Helene might not have reached the North East - but forecasters have issued a fresh yellow weather warning for tomorrow.


The Met Office - the organisation responsible for updating weather conditions regarding Northern Ireland - have said that: "A spell of very windy weather is expected".

"There is not a danger to life, but we are just saying be prepared for it be very windy for a while", he added.

The high winds will build up throughout today and although the winds are expected to be less strong than predicted - the wind's speed could still be between 40 to 50 miles per hour in this part of the country. Meanwhile, in some Irish Sea coastal areas, most likely in Wales and North West England, gusts to 55 to 65mph are likely with possible isolated gusts in excess of 70mph in the most exposed places.

Strong winds are expected to batter the borough this week as Storm Helene edges closer.

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In a statement issued this afternoon, AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan; "AA Ireland is calling on drivers in the affected counties to adapt their driving to suit the weather conditions and to be on the lookout for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians as visibility could be reduced during heavy rain".

Winds are set to reach 75 to 85mph during the day. "We would also encourage motorists who do breakdown in the coming days to keep the bonnet closed while you wait for assistance if it is raining heavily".

The winds will gradually ease later on Wednesday.


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