When will Storm Helene hit the UK?

Hannah Rogers
September 18, 2018

The Met Office is warning that Storm Helene will be blowing in about 6pm on Monday, and be with us until 8am on Tuesday.

Strong winds affecting Northern Ireland early in the day will continue to strengthen through the morning.

Meanwhile, in some Irish Sea coastal areas, most likely in Wales and North West England, gusts to 55 to 65mph are likely with possible isolated gusts in excess of 70mph in the most exposed places.

The Met Office has now issued a yellow "be aware" warning, saying ferry services might be affected.

The warning states: "Very windy across Ireland from early on Wednesday morning until evening".

"South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/hr with guests of 90 to 110 km/hr, strongest in southern, western and northern coastal areas".

County Times A map showing the path of Storm Helene

The warning will affect five counties: Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal and will be active from 1pm on Monday until 5am on Tuesday.

It will become blustery this afternoon as south to southeast winds increase fresh to strong and gusty, and up to gale along coasts, with highs of 17 to 20 degrees.

"Helene is still over the Atlantic but it's weakening and we're a lot more confident of what's going to happen", a Met Office spokesperson told The Independent.

The winds will only gradually ease throughout the evening as the rain pulls away, but it will remain blustery throughout Wednesday as new weather systems approach.

"Driving in heavy rain is something that motorists across the country are well practiced in and ultimately it does not appear that Helene will bring weather conditions anywhere near as serious as what parts of the country saw previous year with Ophelia. Expect sudden gusts at any time but particularly on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges or when overtaking high-sided vehicles".

It also says short term loss of power and other services is possible.

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