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Friday 20 January 2017

Ireland to escape Hurricane Bertha but expect further rainfall over the coming days

Published 05/08/2014 | 12:32

Scattered showers expected across the country.
Photo: Frank McGrath
Scattered showers expected across the country. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ireland is expected to escape the torrential rain and strong winds as a hurricane travels across the Atlantic.

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Forecasters said Hurricane Bertha will be an “ex-hurricane” by the time it skirts under the south of the country on Saturday.

Met Eireann’s Siobhan Ryan said some areas in the region may experience heavy rainfall from the tail end of the tropical storm, but there will be no dramatic winds.

Other parts of the country will experience normal scattered showers, with Sunday expected to be brighter but still with heavy showers.

“It looks like it’s going to go to the south is us and by the time it gets here it will no longer be a hurricane,” she said.

“As it moves across the Atlantic it will lose its power over time so the wind won’t be too traumatic.

“However there will be heavy torrential rain across Britain on Sunday and it will be quite breezy.

“We will be lucky enough to escape it.”

Bertha is currently a strong category one hurricane, but will weaken as it makes its way over from the Caribbean.

Ms Ryan said the public should keep an eye on forecasts in case the storm changes course, but said the weather should not be as bad as last weekend.

“The weekend gone by was a wash-out with a month and a half rainfall on Saturday,” she added.

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