Northern Ireland weather: Warm today but storm ex-Ophelia on the way

Today's rainfall radar. Oh yeah  Source Met √Čireann

The hurricane center's five-day forecast, which can change, has Ophelia heading close to the British Isles by Monday afternoon.

"Ophelia is moving at 12 miles per hour (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through Saturday with an increase in forward speed", said the U.S. Hurricane Centre on Friday.

The storm, which is now a Category 2, was initially not thought to be a land threat, swirling far from the American and European coastlines in the middle of the Atlantic.

The hurricane is expected to weaken somewhat Friday night but remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.

Currently, no watches or warnings are in effect, according to the NHC, although people in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Azores are advised to continue monitoring the storm.

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"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km)", said the U.S. Hurricane Centre.

Such a streak has happened before, but not since 1893, at a time when observers usually only noted intense storms which struck land, rather than storms that petered out at sea.

"Environmental conditions could become a little more conductive for some development early next week while the system subsequently moves northward over the west-central Atlantic Ocean".

At 5 a.m., the center of the storm was about 615 miles southwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph with higher gusts.

Only slight weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours. The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.

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