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Ex-Hurricane Ophelia bearing down on Ireland

Ben Domensino, Monday October 16, 2017 - 15:25 AEDT

The remnants of Major Hurricane Ophelia will cause destructive wind, heavy rain and a storm surge when it hits Ireland on Monday.

On the weekend, Ophelia became the first major hurricane on record to exist so far east in the Atlantic Ocean. The system has since moved north and transitioned from a 'warm-core' hurricane to a 'cold-core' extratropical cyclone.

While Ophelia is no longer a hurricane technically, the intense extra-tropical cyclone will still be strong enough to cause hurricane-like conditions when it moves over Ireland on Monday.

This is believed to be the strongest system to hit Ireland since 1961.

Ireland's national weather service has issued an advisory warning people to remain indoors and avoid any unnecessary travel during Monday. All schools across the country have been closed for the day, while public transport and aviation services will be largely inoperable.

The weakening remnants of Ophelia are expected to cross the northern UK on Monday night before dissipating somewhere near western Norway on Tuesday night.

The latest advisories relating to Ex-Hurricane Ophelia can be found on Irish Meteorological Service and UK Met Office websites:

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