OPHELIA reaches the British Isles

Monday 16th October 2017

Disturbance Fifty Two is now located over the far western Gulf of Mexico interacting with an approaching frontal boundary, causing an increase in showers and thunderstorms but little else and is likely to dissipate or become absorbed by the frontal boundary over the next day or so.

Disturbance Fifty One is now just to the northeast of the Turks and Caicos and turn to the north today, before turning to the northeast tomorrow as a frontal boundary approaches from the west. Strong wind shear is holding the system in check but may decrease later today and tomorrow, allowing the disturbance to become better organised as it passes near Bermuda tomorrow bringing periods of heavy rains and gusty winds.

Hurricane OPHELIA acquired extratropical characteristics last night and is now affecting the western British Isles with heavy rains, damaging winds, and high waves before it heads north and weakens.

Storm conditions across the western British Isles.