National Emergency Co-ordination Group meet this morning to discuss Hurricane Ophelia

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National Emergency Co-ordination Group meet this morning to discuss Hurricane Ophelia

The probable path of the storm center.

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group is meeting this morning to discuss preparations for Hurricane Ophelia which is due to hit Ireland tomorrow.

It is being reported that the storm is one of the most powerful storm systems to bear down on the country in half a century. 

Officials from a number of Government departments as well as emergency services and the Defence Forces are discussing how to respond to the storm this morning. 

Met Éireann has issued a red weather alert, its highest level warning, as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia approach.

The national forecaster is saying that stormy conditions are expected to develop in the region on Monday. Rain will be widespread, some heavy falls likely and there is a risk of thunder, flooding and high seas. Strong gales are expected along western coasts during Monday afternoon and evening.

http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/news/donegal-news/276139/met-eireann-issues-weather-alerts-as-the-tail-end-of-hurricane-ophelia-may-be-on-the-way-to-donegal.html

Met Éireann expects by the time Ophelia reaches Ireland it will have been downgraded to a powerful post-tropical storm and will pass close to, or directly over, Ireland.

Red weather warnings refer to the most severe weather conditions in which people are advised to “take action to protect themselves and/or their property”. The warning is in place for counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry from 9am on Monday until 3am on Tuesday.

Wind gusts of over 130km/h are expected to batter western counties tomorrow and Tuesday.

Sandbags have been distributed in some counties. 

http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/news/donegal-news/276147/schools-could-face-disruption-if-met-eireann-increases-weather-warning-for-donegal-to-code-red.html

It is expected that school transport services will be disrupted across the country due to the storm.