Ireland faces laundry week as the country braces for Atlantic Storm Nigel
Ireland is expected to see some heavy rain and gusty winds over the coming days as Storm Nigel continues to rage in the Atlantic.
While the storm is still missing Ireland, Irish Meteorology has warned that gale force winds will hit the Irish coast Tuesday afternoon until midday Wednesday, with a meteorologist indicating winds could reach speeds of more than 200 km/h.
The storm began forming in the central Atlantic Ocean on Saturday and intensified throughout the weekend, and is likely to turn into a hurricane today (Monday) before losing strength and moving toward the northeast.
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According to British meteorologist Paul Plait, Storm System Nigel will bring winds of more than 131 mph (210 km/h) as it “bursts” near Ireland.
While the storm is set to become a hurricane, it is then expected to weaken and may miss Ireland entirely in the latter half of the week – but strong winds and rain are expected in the meantime.
Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather suggested current models show the storm heading towards a north-easterly track towards Iceland and may not reach Ireland, but there is still a chance later in the week it will blow up the country.
“Tropical Storm Nigel is forecast to become a hurricane tomorrow (Monday), and possibly a major hurricane for a while on Tuesday before turning to the northeast and weakening slightly,” the weather expert wrote.
“The track after Friday is a bit uncertain, but most models keep it away from Ireland as it moves towards Iceland and weakens.”
He later confirmed in another post that Tuesday could see the strongest winds, but stressed that could be early or late in the day.
“The latest models show strong winds possible on Tuesday but the good news is that the strongest view is early in the day and later in the day,” he wrote.
Tuesday will be the worst affected day of the week with strong winds from Storm Nigel, but moving into the latter half of the week a mix of rain and sunshine will begin, although some of this rain may become heavy.
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