Storm waves crashing against a harbour wall

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia

Ex-hurricane Ophelia (named by the US National Hurricane Center) was the second storm of the 2017/2018 winter season, following Storm Aileen on 12 to 13 September. The strongest winds were around Irish Sea coasts, particularly west Wales, with gusts of 70 to 80 mph or higher in exposed coastal locations. 

UK top wind gusts

Location Region Gust speed (mph)
Capel Curig Gwynedd 90
Aberdaron Gwynedd 90
RAF Valley Anglesey 81
Mumbles Head West Glamorgan 79
Ronaldsway Isle of Man 78
Mona Anglesey 77


Republic of Ireland top wind gusts
Location Region Gust speed (mph)
Roches Point Cork 97
Sherkin Island Cork 84
Cork Airport Cork 78
Shannon Airport Clare 76

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia impacts

The most severe impacts were across the Republic of Ireland, where three people died from falling trees (still mostly in full leaf at this time of year). There was also significant disruption across western parts of the UK, with power cuts affecting thousands of homes and businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland, and damage reported to a stadium roof in Barrow, Cumbria.

Flights from Manchester and Edinburgh to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were cancelled, and in Wales some roads and railway lines were closed. Ferry services between Wales and Ireland were also disrupted.