Enlarge / It’s safe to say that as a major hurricane, Ophelia was something of an outlier on Saturday. (credit: Sam Lillo/Twitter)
The system formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia is moving into Ireland on Monday, bringing “status red” weather throughout the day to the island.

The Irish National Meteorological Service, Met Éireann, has warned that, “Violent and destructive gusts of 120 to 150km/h are forecast countrywide, and in excess of these values in some very exposed and hilly areas.

There is a danger to life and property.”
Ophelia transitioned from a hurricane to an extra-tropical system on Sunday, but that only marginally diminished its threat to Ireland and the United Kingdom on Monday, before it likely dissipates near Norway on Tuesday.

The primary threat from the system was high winds, with heavy rains.
Forecasters marveled at the intensification of Ophelia on Saturday, as it reached Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale and became a major hurricane.

For a storm in the Atlantic basin, this is the farthest east that a major hurricane has been recorded during the satellite era of observations.

Additionally, it was the furthest north that a major hurricane, at 35.9 degrees north, that an Atlantic major hurricane existed this late in the year since 1939.
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