Strong winds but warmer weather ahead as ex-hurricane Helene hits

Tropical Storm Helene to pass near the Azores

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Storm Helene is forecast to impact the United Kingdom with powerful gusts reaching 70mph and heavy rain from around 6pm this evening.

Police Scotland issued a weather warning from their Twitter account writing: "Advance notice that Storm Helene will bring strong winds to parts of Scotland on Monday evening and Tuesday".

It is not yet known what direction the storm will take however forecasters are warning that there will be very strong winds of around 55 to 65mph with the potential for gusts of 70 to 80mph in exposed areas.

"There remains large uncertainty in Helene's exact track, however a spell of very strong winds is expected, initially for parts of south-west England and west Wales, then later south-west Scotland and the south-east of Northern Ireland".

On the West Coast of Scotland, ferry sailings were disrupted on a number of CalMac routes and the ferry operator yesterday said some services were "liable to disruption and cancellation at short notice". "Any loose objects should be secured over the weekend also, especially garden furniture and summer items".

The U.S. National Hurricane Center’s Sept. 17 map for tropical disturbances
The U.S. National Hurricane Center’s Sept. 17 map for tropical disturbances

Meanwhile, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Cavan, and Monaghan should be expecting storm gales from a Yellow Weather Warning.

The warning is from 21.00 on Monday 17 September until 18.00 the following day.

Wind speeds in some places could hit 60mph but a spokesperson for the Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said gusts in parts of Norfolk may reach 45mph. More rain will develop in the south on Wednesday night. It may turn stormy in places for a time with severe gusts and localized flooding.

Remaining rain from overnight is expected to clear during Tuesday morning, followed by a blustery day with a mix of cloud and bright or sunny spells and the odd light shower.

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