Storm Helene due to batter the southwest

Geneva Stokes
September 17, 2018

Met Éireann have warned that strong winds, high intensity rainfall and a risk of flooding are expected in the coming days as tropical storm Helene prepares to hit Ireland on Monday night.

Residents are being urged to stay safe as the unsafe weather could pose a danger to life with flying debris.

Remnants of former hurricane Helene will hit the United Kingdom next week - bringing strong winds and warmer weather.

Some short term loss of power and other services.

Storm Helene is now speeding northward across the Atlantic, and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning and expects it to bring strong winds to England and Wales.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst told 'Starting with Monday, it is going to be a fairly bright start to the week in central parts of the country, with the northern parts of the country becoming a bit cloudier but it is likely to brighten up.

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Northern Ireland's road, rail, air and ferry services are likely to be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations a possibility, Met Office experts warned.

"The Storm is expected to move quickly through the region clearing the rain overnight". Winds will reach in excess of 110kph in all Orange warning areas, with winds up to 110kph likely in those areas under a Yellow weather warning.

Emma Smith of the Met Office added: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us".

Storm Helene could bring havoc to parts of Northern Ireland this week.

. Winds are expected to be strongest at sea and along the south and southeast coasts.

"A wind warning is in place for south west England, northern England and southern Scotland".

Up to 40 millimetres of rain is forecast in parts of the West.

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