Saturday 20 October 2018

Brian is now on its way, but there's nothing to worry about - it's not a 'big beast'

A weather map shows the potential path of Storm Brian
A weather map shows the potential path of Storm Brian

Just as the nation is coming to terms with the devastation caused by Storm Ophelia, a second storm is set to hit Ireland at the weekend.

Met Eireann forecasters said Storm Brian will bring rainfall and heavy winds and could trigger a weather warning.

Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton told the Herald: "At the moment, Storm Brian is nothing to worry about here in Ireland. It's a moving depression rather than a hurricane.


"It's moving south and will bring a lot of rain and strong winds, but I don't think it will hit Ireland as hard as it will hit the UK.

"On Saturday, however, there is potential for the stronger period of bad weather to move over Ireland, which may trigger a status yellow weather warning."

At a briefing of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group yesterday, Met Eireann meteorologist Evelyn Cusack said: "Storm Brian is the second in the series of Irish-UK storm-naming season.

"There is evidence from our medium-range models that there is a possibility of a development over the weekend, but it's highly uncertain at this stage.


"It's wet and windy for Thursday and Friday, and there's a huge question mark over the weekend. Nothing is certain. We will keep you all informed."

Storm Brian is expected to hit on Friday and the weather will gradually move south-east.

Saturday and Sunday will see a lot of heavy rain and strong winds as the storm passes through Ireland.

Maynooth Prof John Sweeney told RTE Radio One that Storm Brian will not be a "big beast".

"Tropical Storm Philippe has already formed in the Atlantic after Ophelia.

"Brian will be the next one in the sequence and by the weekend it does look like it's turning unsettled again, but it's all relative," he said.

"We won't have the same occurrence as Ophelia, hopefully, for a very long time."

The weather before Brian arrives looks calm.

Today will be bright with sunny spells, but with some showery bursts of rain.

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