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17 May 2022

Offaly weather forecaster gives update on Hurricane Florence threat

Offaly forecaster gives update on Hurricane Florence threat

Offaly forecaster gives update on Hurricane Florence threat

Cathal Nolan from the Midland Weather Channel has given an update on the category 4 Hurricane Florence brewing in the Atlantic and its rumoured threat to Ireland.

"A lot has been said over the past week or two in relation to the potential track of Hurricane Florence, and the potential that it may follow a similar track to that of Ophelia last October," Cathal said.

"However, as stated a while back and reiterated now, Florence will have very little, if any, direct impacts on Ireland over the coming week as its trajectory is aimed squarely at the US east coast, specifically between North and South Carolina."

Florence is currently classified as a category 4 hurricane, with sustained wind speeds of close to 200 kph.

"Over the coming 36 hours before it makes landfall, which is expected to be early on Thursday, the hurricane is likely to strengthen further, possibly becoming a category 5 hurricane, thereby becoming the most powerful hurricane north of Florida to strike the mainland US," the Offaly meteorologist said. 

"Severe disruption is likely in the affectedd areas with winds well in excess of 240 kph likely, and up to 20 inches of rainfall expected to fall on already saturated ground."

"Severe structural damage is inevitable, combined with exceptional storm surges and coastal flooding. With such high levels of rainfall expected flooding is inevitable also, especially in hilly/mountainous areas of the Appalachian Mountains," Cathal explained.

Away from the threat in the Atlantic, Cathal says, "closer to home, our weather will be nowhere near as disruptive, with mainly dry conditions likely for a good part of today, Tuesday, and a dry sunny day expected tomorrow Wednesday."

"It will become more changeable thereafter with some blustery conditions likely this coming weekend. Indeed into next week our weather looks set to become much more unsettled as the Atlantic storm season really starts to kick off," Cathal concluded.

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