Hurricane (cat1,2,3) Ophelia

An extratropical system is moving towards Ireland and the upper British Isle over the next 24-48 hours.
Ireland is expected to have hurricane force winds as this system moves North by Northeast and eventually decay as it moves over land. Reports can be added in the comments section at the end of this post.

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13 thoughts on “Hurricane (cat1,2,3) Ophelia

  • October 16, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    92MPH winds measured on the Southern coast of Ireland.

    When Ophelia became a major — Category 3 (or higher) — hurricane Saturday, it marked the sixth such storm to form in the Atlantic this year, tied with 1933, 1961, 1964 and 2004 for the most through Oct. 14.

  • October 16, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    G4HPE>120,000 homes now without power – confirmed report

  • October 16, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    Tree down in the middle of Elton. Live wire on the R515 road just above the pub. @ESBNetworks @LimerickCouncil

  • October 16, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Limerick Council‏Verified account – @LimerickCouncil

    R515 Kilmallock – Charleville Road closed at Garrenderk bridge due to fallen tree #Ophelia #Limerick
    4:12 AM – 16 Oct 2017

  • October 16, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    the brunt of the weather – and winds of 109mph (176km/h) have already been measured at Fastnet Rock. Source: BBC News

    G4HPE>The Irish government deploys its army to coastal counties. Source: BBC News

  • October 16, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    G4HPE>Around 130 flights cancelled at Dublin airport. Source: Telegraph Online (UK Newspaper)
    G4HPE>Gusts of 109mph (176km/h) have been measured off its south coast. Source: BBC News website
    G4HPE>Trampoline blown across gardens
    G4HPE>Irish national broadcaster RTE is reporting that Waterford County Council has confirmed one fatality in the incident at Aglish. It is understood that a tree or large branch from a tree fell onto a car
    KD1CY>ugg, not good steve.
    KD1CY>people should just stay home.
    G4HPE>ESB Networks now says that more than 210,000 customers are without power around the country. Source: RTE News
    G4HPE>Yes Rob, pity I cannot make it on HF across to Ireland – very poor condx today
    KD1CY>the cork harbour weather person is a ham operator, i see. EI4HQ.
    G4HPE>ESB reporting that 230,000 homes and businesses are now without power – with some people expected to be without power for 10 days. Source: Independent IE Newspaper

  • October 16, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Although ARES has such a small membership, most of them are Civil Defence volunteers.

    During the cold war, a very large number of radio hams in the UK, mainly Raynet members including me, were put through a rigorous (free of charge)

    training programme to lead their local communities should there be a nuclear strike.

    The Irish seem to have perpetuated this volunteer involvement.

    From The Journal.IE online:

    “The Civil Defence is on standby today to help with any damage caused by Ophelia. Here’s what the Department of Defence said about their capabilities:

    “Minister Paul Kehoe has emphasised the contribution of Civil Defence volunteers who are on standby across the country ready to assist in dealing with the effects of ex Hurricane Ophelia.

    These highly trained volunteers are based in every county and were busy over the weekend preparing for the severe weather. Activities included filling sand bags, loading vehicles and setting up control centres.

    “Civil Defence has a wide range of equipment including 4×4 vehicles, ambulances, boats, command and control vehicles, pumps and drones. As a second-line emergency service Civil Defence supports the Principal Response Agencies such as the Gardaí, the HSE and the Fire Service.

    “Civil Defence volunteers will be deployed through their local authority in accordance with the procedures for dealing with severe weather as set out in the Framework for Major Emergency Management.”

    Minister Kehoe is appreciative of the response by Civil Defence volunteers who can always be relied upon by the communities which they serve.

  • October 16, 2017 at 7:15 PM


    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has put a series of alerts in place for south west Scotland.

    Flood duty manager David Faichney said: “A combination of tidal surge and large waves will cause overtopping along exposed coastal areas, particularly the Mull of Galloway.

    “Impacts are expected to coincide with high tide around 10pm this evening until the early hours of Tuesday.”

    No figures given but the relevant warning is for 2100UTC tonight here

    73 de Steve G4HPE

  • October 16, 2017 at 10:59 PM

    G4HPE>Irish schools are staying closed tomorrow: Following careful consideration by the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department of Education and Skills, has decided that all schools will remai
    G4HPE>There has been another Storm Ophelia-related fatality. A man has been pronounced dead in Dundalk, County Louth after the car he was travelling in was hit by a tree at Ravensdale at 2.45pm.
    G4HPE>BBC Weather says it has recorded a gust of 90mph in Aberdaron, west Wales
    KD1CY>any updates on power outages steve?
    G4HPE>360,000 homes without power – source: BBC News
    G4HPE>Statement from EIR (Irish telecomms): 90 mobile sites off air and over 11,000 customers without broadband, telephone or mobile service.
    G4HPE>135 flights so far cancelled at Dublin Airport. Source: Independent.IE
    G4HPE>470 members of Army available to help with Ophelia fallout today. Larger numbers tomorrow.
    KD1CY>copy that steve
    G4HPE>Further power company ESB info: The 360,000 households without power right now will not have service resumed for another few days.
    G4HPE>Between 1,800 and 3,600 premises across the country will be without power for the next 10 days.
    G4HPE>Following cancellations in what has been the worst storm to hit Cork Airport in its 56-year history, passengers are advised to expect delays and possible cancellations tomorrow, as airlines reschedule
    G4HPE>All outbound air traffic from Cork Airport has been cancelled. No outbound flights will operate tonight. A limited service of inbound flights will resume tomorrow morning.
    G4HPE>About nine fights are expected to land later this evening from 8.30pm to 12.30am, as airlines reposition aircraft in time for service tomorrow.

  • October 17, 2017 at 3:15 AM

    G4HPE>Number of residents evacuated from apartments in Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus due to risk of flooding posed by tidal surges.
    G4HPE>Ireland’s strongest gusts so far: Met Eireann has posted several of the strongest gusts in km/h recorded throughout today. The highest was at Fastnet Lighthouse where it reached 119mph (191 km/h).
    G4HPE>Followed by Roches Point at 97mph (156 km/h) and Kinsale Platform got 88mph (141 km/h).

  • October 17, 2017 at 3:24 AM

    Ireland’s strongest gusts so far

    Met Eireann has posted several of the strongest gusts in km/h recorded throughout today. The highest was at Fastnet Lighthouse where it reached 119mph (191 km/h).

    Followed by Roches Point at 97mph (156 km/h) and Kinsale Platform got 88mph (141 km/h).
    Waterford Airport 137 km/h Sherkin Island 135 (before loss of power) Cork Airport 126 (before loss of power) Shannon Airport 122

    Casement Airport 117km/h Johnstown Castle 115 Oak Park 111 Malin Head 104 Gurteen 102 Grange 106 Dublin Airport 104

    WALES update

    As a result of Ophelia’s might, there have been more than 60 incidents on roads in Wales.

    The M4 Briton Ferry Bridge in Neath Port Talbot is closed
    North Wales Police has advised motorists in Gwynedd and Anglesey not to travel unless absolutely necessary

    The Britannia Bridge between Gwynedd and Anglesey is closed, along with several roads leading to the A55 in Conwy
    In Pembrokeshire, the Cleddau Bridge was shut, although it has now reopened for cars, and the council has closed a number of roads due to fallen trees

    Ceredigion council said a number of smaller roads would be closed overnight due to fallen trees

    Sand has also been causing problems on roads in seaside towns like Swansea
    There is disruption on the roads, ferries and bridges in parts of Scotland.

    Authorities in Dumfries and Galloway say there are closures and cancellations due to wind levels, fallen trees and structures being destroyed.

    The Virtual Operations Support Team has created a map showing live incidents recorded in the region following Ophelia.

    It will be updating the map throughout the storm.

    DGVOST update at 2100 UTC

    UPDATE: At 2200 hours on Monday 16th October 2017 – the worst of the storms appear to have passed.

    Significant disruption has been caused across the region over the last 5 hours with a number of roofs being blown from homes and more trees being blown over than we could keep track of. All major roadways have re-opened, although a number of minor roads remain blocked.

    Coastal flooding is being monitored and a number of coastal flood warnings remain in place.

    At this time a at least 1350 homes are known to be without power, SP Energy Networks have stated they will aim to restore power to all homes by 1pm tomorrow morning (Tuesday 17th October). You should report any power loss direct to them – 0800 092 9290 – If you have any vulnerable neighbours and it is safe to do so please check they are OK.

    73 de Steve G4HPE

  • October 17, 2017 at 12:31 AM

    G4HPE>About nine flights are expected to land later this evening from 8.30pm to 12.30am, as airlines reposition aircraft in time for service tomorrow.
    KA1AAA-R>Back at the console.
    KA1AAA>hello Gary
    KA1AAA-R>Steve, is Ireland still under Condition Red or are they to Amber yet?
    KD1CY>still red Ray:
    G4HPE>Focus is moving towards north Wales and SW Scotland now
    KD1CY>rog steve and agreed
    G4HPE>There are many amber warnings for flood and wind
    KD1CY>i’ll email u guys a list of wind reports
    G4HPE>16,000 homes without power in Northern Ireland
    G4HPE>Irish Water (in the Republic) has said extensive power outages are affecting treatment plants and pumping stations but they have not, for the most part, impacted water supplies.
    G4HPE>This is down to a combination of reservoir storage and backup generators on the more critical supplies, it said.
    G4HPE>However, it said there will be supply restrictions between 10pm this evening and 7am tomorrow to conserve water where necessary.
    G4HPE>A “small” number of Boil Water Notices have been issued due to treatment risks associated with power failures affecting the disinfection of plants.
    G4HPE>NIE Networks now says about 18,500 homes and businesses are now without power across Northern Ireland. But it expects more customers to be affected as gusts of 60 to 70mph are forecast to hit the Ant
    KD1CY>copy all steve.
    G4HPE-L>I’m currently involved in an 80m net – will file more reports in about an hour
    KD1CY>ok Rog
    KD1CY>if anyone has pics/videos and still have email access, they can send to


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