Strongest East Atlantic Storm Since 1980 Heads Towards Ireland

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is so fierce that even Ireland and Britain will get a piece of the action.
Ophelia, the 10th straight Atlantic tropical storm to become a hurricane, is moving northeast and will approach Ireland on Monday before moving over Scotland, according to the National Hurricane Center. It’s set to be the strongest storm in the far eastern Atlantic since Hurricane Ivan in 1980.
“There may be gale-force winds, or even severe gale-force winds, on Monday, possibly Tuesday,” said Nicola Maxey, a spokeswoman for the U.K. Met Office, which is based in Exeter, England. The west coasts of Ireland and England will probably be worst hit.
This Atlantic storm season has already racked up the most consecutive hurricanes since the late 19th century and brought devastation to Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. Europe has already had a taste of the stormy conditions early this month from the remnants of hurricanes Maria and Lee, which helped push U.K. wind-power generation to a record. 
While a stormy day for Monday is possible, “uncertainty remains due to the nature of the track of the Atlantic storm system,” Ireland’s Met Eireann said on its website. 
Ophelia’s maximum sustained winds are about 85 miles (137 kilometers) per hour, the NHC said in an advisory on the website. That’s twice as high as gale force conditions, and severe gale force winds top out at 54 miles per hour. No coastal watches or warnings have been issued.
As the storm travels northeast, it’ll probably lose intensity as it moves away from the warm water needed to sustain it, said Maxey at the U.K. Met Office.
“It will become an ex storm,” she said. “They dissipate quite quickly once they hit land.”
Through Monday, the Atlantic season ranked eighth on the all-time list in terms of energy produced by hurricanes and tropical storms.
This year’s tally of 15 storms is above the seasonal average of 12, but less than the record 28 in 2005.
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