Storm Helene due to batter the southwest

Hurricane Helene is not expected to pose any danger as it turns northward in the Atlantic Ocean

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"Currently Helene is 2000km southwest of the Azores and remains a category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 130kph and gusts in excess of 170 kph". At center is Tropical Storm Isaac and at right is Hurricane Helene.

Met Office forecasters have issued a severe weather warning for Monday, September 17 from 6pm until 12pm on Tuesday, September 18 as Storm Helene sweeps across the nation.

The remnants of the hurricane are forecast to impact the Irish coast with powerful gusts and heavy rain from Monday evening.

In a statement, the Met Office said: "Storm Helene is expected to push north-east towards the United Kingdom late Monday, before clearing quickly to the north of Scotland through Tuesday morning. It may turn stormy in places for a time with severe gusts and localised flooding", the current report says.

The storm will not bring the damage seen past year when Hurricane Ophelia caused devastation across the country, but Met Eireann advises they will update any warnings in the coming days as needed.

"It'll stay very unsettled through Wednesday and Thursday also with frequent spells of rain, and a potential for further sizable amounts". Through the afternoon though, they should begin to fade from Northern Ireland and southern Scotland, as a fresh even strong at first West to South Westerly wind decreases.

A yellow be aware warning was issued by the Met Office today.

. To be sure of what's down the line, we wait for our higher resolution models to come.

"We're aware of the situation and monitoring it".

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin has advised people to keep checking the forecast in case weather warnings in relation to the storm are upgraded.

"There is a small chance that injuries could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts".

While Hurricane Florence pounds North Carolina, another tropical storm is on track to reach Britain early next week.

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