Scotland's weather: Storm Helene 80mph winds warning

Blanche Robertson
September 14, 2018

While now classified as a hurricane, Helene will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the shores of Northern Ireland.

Will storm Helene influence our weather next week?

She is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the USA states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Irish weather authority Met Eireann has said it expects wet and windy weather from Storm Helene to hit the southern coast of the Republic on Tuesday, but does not expect any "severe or damaging weather". The hurricane will weaken as it moves over cooler water, and is expected to be downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status before making the transition to post-tropical storm on Sunday.

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Storm surge flooding also could push 2 miles (3 kilometers) or more inland if Florence lingers for days along the coast. A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

"Remnants of that system could bring wet weather across western parts of the United Kingdom on Tuesday and we still need to keep an eye on it".

Emma Smith, meteorologist with the Exeter-based Met Office, said more details would emerge within the next day over what impact the storm might have.

The Met Office has claimed Helene, which is now making its way through the Atlantic, could bring temperatures as high as 26C in the London area, while reaching only 6C in Scotland.

The winds are expected to batter parts of Northern Ireland on Monday and Tuesday.

. Nonetheless Helene is bringing with her very strong wind with gusts up to 120km/h, heavy rain and waves of between 6 and 8m high on some islands.

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