Date Of The Biggest Hurricane To Hit The UK Is Seriously Eerie

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Get your raincoats and wellies ready as the UK’s biggest hurricane in 21 years is hitting tomorrow.

Winds of more than 80mph will batter Britain on Monday as Hurricane Ophelia remains on course to hit Ireland and the UK.

It is expected to be Britain’s strongest storm since Hurricane Lili caused complete chaos in 1996.

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Earlier today the Met Office issued Northern Ireland with an amber weather warning saying that the hurricane poses a ‘potential danger to life’.

The warning said:

There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Flying debris is likely, such as tiles blown from roofs, as well as large waves around coastal districts with beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.

This leads to the potential for injuries and danger to life.

Meanwhile in the Republic of Ireland, the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group is meeting today to discuss how to prepare for the storm as Met Éireann has issued a red weather warning for counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for much of the west of the UK.

The winds set to batter Britain tomorrow come, eerily, exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 which killed 18 people and caused around £2 billion worth of damage.

On Tuesday the storm is expected to spread across the north of England and southern Scotland.

In these areas a yellow weather warning remains in place.

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Hurricane Ophelia is currently travelling from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean blowing winds of 105mph.

It has set the record for the most eastern category three hurricane in the Atlantic although it has since been downgraded to a category two by the US National Hurricane Centre.

By the time it is expected to hit the UK, it will be a storm, no longer a hurricane.

Met Office chief forecaster Steve Ramsdale said:

By the time Ophelia reaches our latitudes, she will be weakening and will be an ex-hurricane.

However, Ex-Ophelia will be bringing some significant impacts to Northern Ireland and western and northern Britain on Monday and Tuesday.

On the basis of the latest information we have issued an amber wind warning for Northern Ireland for the most intense period of winds between 3pm and 10pm on Monday.

During this period we can expect wind gusts in excess of 60 mph with a chance of 80 mph gusts for the southeast of Northern Ireland.

Stay safe people.