After Ophelia: Another strong system to strike Ireland
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9:55 AM - As the clean-up process begins in Ireland and the United Kingdom after former Hurricane Ophelia battered the region, there is a broad area of low pressure east of the Bahamas that could impact the British Isles by the end of the week.
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring this area of low pressure for development into a tropical depression, but the window of opportunity is small.
By late Tuesday, this feature will encounter stronger upper-level winds and will eventually get absorbed by a frontal boundary on Wednesday which will allow this system to lose any tropical characteristics.
This system will not threaten the United States or Canada, as a frontal boundary in the western Atlantic Ocean will keep the system from moving towards the east coast, but there is a possibility this system will slam into Ireland by Friday as it tracks across the Atlantic.
By Wednesday, computer forecast models are indicating that the system will start to develop a closed center of circulation as it tracks far offshore of Atlantic Canada, an indication that the storm is starting to organize. The storm will also be co-located within strong upper-level jet stream winds which will help accelerate the storm across the Atlantic basin Thursday and Friday, potentially bringing a direct strike on Ireland late Friday through Saturday.
While this storm is not anticipated to be as strong as former Hurricane Ophelia was, it will still bring a blast of strong winds, dangerous marine conditions, and heavy rain across the region.
In addition, many trees and structures are weakened considerably in Ireland and the United Kingdom after the destructive winds that tore across the region from ex-hurricane Ophelia. Due to these impacts left behind from former Hurricane Ophelia, this could make trees and structures more vulnerable to damage from another strong storm moving into the area lass than one week apart.
Anyone with travel interests in Ireland and the United Kingdom are encouraged to continue to check for further updates throughout the week.