Forecasters downgrade ‘risk to life’ threat of Storm Helene

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Hurricane Helene is now churning northeast through the Atlantic Ocean around 655 miles (1,055 km) south-west of the Portuguese Azores with maximum sustained winds of 70mph.

The national forecaster issued the briefing about the expected path of the tropical storm making its way towards Ireland. Helene has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph) and is presently moving to the North at 18 miles per hour (30 kph). The storm's minimum central pressure is 988 MB or 29.18 inches.

The latest advisory from the NHC states the storm will transition towards a tropical depression when it nears the United Kingdom and Ireland. Right now, Helene is expected to weaken over the weekend - and Helene should make the transition to an extratropical cyclone as it approaches Ireland and the United Kingdom.

A storm is set to hit Wales slightly earlier than first forecast but the strongest gusts are expected to be weaker, the Met Office has said.

The Met Office said: "A spell of strong winds is expected, initially mainly in the far southwest of England and across western Wales". It'll be western and northern regions which are likely to see the windiest weather, with gusts in excess of 70mph possible in exposed areas - plenty enough to cause some disruption. How the Met Office names storms Earlier this week, the Met Office announced the storm names for the 2018-2019 season.

Will storm Helene influence our weather next week?

The Met Office is warning that Storm Helene will be blowing in about 6pm on Monday, and be with us until 8am on Tuesday.

Western parts of the United Kingdom are expected to be the worst affected, but the Met Office warning covers the North East too. Any following named storm in the United Kingdom (that is also not a previously named tropical storm or hurricane) will use the next name on the Met Office's list.

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