Storm Ophelia expected to bring damaging winds and high waves to South West
PUBLISHED: 11:20 16 October 2017
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Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to bring damaging winds, lashing rain and high waves when it hits later today (Monday).
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings across the South West and said the hurricane is expected to bring winds of up to 50mph, including in Sidmouth, Exmouth and Honiton.
The Met Office said, in East Devon, it would hit ‘the hills and coast with damaging wind gusts’ in particular, likely to bring ‘travel disruption and big waves’. There will be maximum temperatures of around 19°C.
Storm Ophelia, which has been upgraded to a category one hurricane status, could be the first storm to make landfall as a hurricane in Europe since Debbie in 1961.
Ireland and the West, where there are amber warnings in place, are expected to be the worst affected with ‘short, sharp bursts of winds’ of up to 80mph, says the Met Office.
The Met Office expects the storm to hit the region around 12pm and adverse conditions will continue right up to midnight. Wind speeds of up to 150mph have already been recorded in Ireland and 22,000 homes have been left without electricity by lines being knocked down.
Drivers have been reminded to take extreme care when on the roads today.
Tell us if you’ve been affected by the storm or have any pictures of the weather in your area.