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Ireland expects its first “named Storm” of the season

10 November 2015 Latest News Local News National News


The first named storm of the season will bring wind, rain and travel delays to Ireland and the United Kingdom from November 12 to November 13.

Prior to its arrival Wednesday will see 'gusty showers' across the country, according to AccuWeather, although temperatures will still remain high 

Accuweather state on their website: "Ahead of this storm, there will be gusty showers across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and northern England on Wednesday.

"Even with showers in the forecast, abnormal warmth will continue across Ireland, England and Wales with high temperatures ranging from 12-16 C (53-60 F).

"On Thursday, Abigail will track just north and west of Ireland and Scotland unleashing a soaking rain and howling winds of the region from late morning through the afternoon.

These strong winds will cause travel delays, including air and rail travel. There can also be isolated power outages and tree damage.

Rainfall through Friday will be 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) from western Ireland to Western Scotland and also in northwest Wales and coastal northern England. Isolated amounts can approach 100 mm (4 inches) in western Scotland. While flooding is not expected to be a widespread concern, isolated flooding is possible in the areas listed above.

Last month the Met Office and Met Eireann announced a pilot project to name storms that may be blowing this way this autumn and winter. They received thousands of responses by email, through the Met Office Facebook pages and @metoffice on Twitter.

The winning names were: Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, Katie, Lawrence, Mary, Nigel, Orla, Phil, Rhonda, Steve, Tegan, Vernon and Wendy.

It is hoped that naming storms will help raise awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public. Tropical Storm Kate in the Atlantic Ocean is also expected to impact Ireland on Sunday or Monday.


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