Wednesday 12 December 2018

Met Eireann says 'Storm Brian' 'is nothing to worry about' as second storm to pass through Ireland

Locals cut up and clear a fallen tree which had been blocking the road for most of the day on the Leixlip Road, near the Salmon Leap Inn this evening after Hurricane Ophelia Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Locals cut up and clear a fallen tree which had been blocking the road for most of the day on the Leixlip Road, near the Salmon Leap Inn this evening after Hurricane Ophelia Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai, and Dundalk fire brigade attend the scene of an accident at Ravensdale outside Dundalk where a fallen tree struck a car during storm Ophelia. Picture: Arthur Carron
Locals cut up and clear a fallen tree which had been blocking the road for most of the day on the Leixlip Road, near the Salmon Leap Inn this evening after Hurrricane Opelia
Spray splashes over a car at the Point in Westport, Co. Mayo as Storm Ophelia batters the country. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.
Tributes have been paid to three victims who lost their lives in Storm Ophelia related incidents: Fintan Goss, Michael Pyke and Clare O’Neill
Fintan Goss has been named locally as the man who died when a tree hit his car earlier in the Ravensdale area of Dundalk.
Michael Pyke, who was killed during storm Ophelia
Clare O'Neill who was killed in a car accident during storm Ophelia
Locals cut up and clear a fallen tree which had been blocking the road for most of the day on the Leixlip Road, near the Salmon Leap Inn this evening after Hurricane Opelia
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

As the nation comes to terms with the devastation caused by Storm Ophelia, it has been announced that a second storm is to hit Ireland this weekend.

'Storm Brian' is to pass through Ireland later this week bringing strong winds and rain.

Three people lost their lives in Storm Ophelia, which left a trail of destruction in its path across the country.

ESB Networks crews are working around the country to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers, but warned that it could take up to 10 days before power is restored to all homes.

Crews are expecting assistance to be flown in from England and Scotland on Wednesday to help with the massive power outages.

Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton told Independent.ie that; "at the moment, Storm Brian is nothing to worry about here in Ireland".

"It's a moving depression rather than a hurricane. It's moving south and will bring a lot of rain and strong winds. I don't think it will hit Ireland as hard as it will hit the UK."

Storm Brian is expected to hit on Friday as it will be wet and windy, and the weather will gradually move south-east. Saturday and Sunday will also see a lot of heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Brian passes through Ireland.

Hurricane Ophelia hits the coast of Mayo today Photo: Paul Mealey
Hurricane Ophelia hits the coast of Mayo today Photo: Paul Mealey
Locals cut up and clear a fallen tree which had been blocking the road for most of the day on the Leixlip Road, near the Salmon Leap Inn after Hurrricane Opelia Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Hurricane Ophelia hits the coast of Mayo today Photo: Paul Mealey
Ivana Rubisova and David Hucko on holidays from Slovakia struggle to make it up the hill from the beach as Storm Ophelia hit Lahinch Coast line of County Clare as it moved across the west of Ireland this evening. Photo: Brian Arthur
Hurricane Ophelia hitting Fenit in County Kerry. Photo:Mark Condren
Trees down near Dungarvan Co. Waterford. Picture: Patrick Browne
Clyde Road, Dublin 4. Photo: Doug.ie
A fallen tree on Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, which was blown over during Hurricane Ophelia. Photo: Tony Gavin
Tree damage in Clonmel after Hurricane Ophelia hit the Tipperary town. Photo: Mark Condren

Maynooth Geography Professor John Sweeney told RTE Radio One that Storm Brian won't be a "big beast".

"Tropical storm Philippe has already formed in the Atlantic after Ophelia.

"Brian will be the next one in the sequence and by the weekend it does look like it's turning unsettled again but it's all relative. We won't have the same occurrence as Ophelia hopefully for a very long time. We're back to the normal winter storms climate, not the kind of big beast we say yesterday."

Tomorrow, there will be bright with sunny spells, with some showery bursts of rain.

The temperatures of tomorrow will be much like today, 12 to 14 degrees

It will be cool, changeable and unsettled.

On Thursday, it will be wet and windy and it looks to stay wet for most of the day, with some spot flooding.

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