Forecasters downgrade ‘risk to life’ threat of Storm Helene

Forecasters downgrade ‘risk to life’ threat of Storm Helene

Dorset is "likely" to feel the force of Storm Helene, the Met Office says.

"Areas of low pressure containing what's left of Storm Helene will still provide moisture and energy which will impact the United Kingdom quite a bit as we go into the early part of next week".

"By the time it reaches the United Kingdom we're looking at potential for 55 to 65mph gusts, with isolated chances of 70 to 80 miles per hour gusts on exposed high ground or coastal areas", Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxy told i.

The national forecaster issued the briefing about the expected path of the tropical storm making its way towards Ireland.

- Cause some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer.

Those using high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges have been warned that travel may not be possible.

- There could be some short term loss of power and other services.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind, with coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities likely to be affected by spray and/or large waves.

"The strongest of the winds will arrive on Monday afternoon and evening, with the peak intensity likely to occur around 20:00 along the south coast, before transferring to remaining locations between 21:00 and 02:00 on Tuesday morning".

Storm Helene is due to arrive in Ireland this week with experts forecasting some extreme weather from Monday until early Thursday and now Met Éireann has released new information about what exactly we can expect.

Matt Box, forecaster at the Met Office, said: "Storm Helene will bring strong winds and rain on Monday and Tuesday".

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



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