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VIDEO: I've never seen anything like Ophelia in my 35 years forecasting Ireland's weather - Evelyn Cusack

Meteorologist Evelyn Cusack has never seen anything like Hurricane Ophelia in her 35 years of forecasting Ireland’s weather.

The well-known face of Met Eireann told Independent.ie today’s events are “not even unusual, but unprecedented”.

She said that normally hurricane which begin in the Caribbean travel westward towards America but Ophelia headed north.

 Due to colder water temperatures in the Atlantic it has been technically downgraded from a hurricane, but Ms Cusack said Ophelia remains an “exceptionally powerful storm giving hurricane strength winds”.

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