Storm Brian to hit Ireland this weekend as Ophelia cleanup continues

Met Éireann says the storm will not pack anything like the same punch as Ophelia.

Storm Brian to hit Ireland this weekend as Ophelia cleanup continues

Storm Ophelia damage in Dublin, 16-10-2017. Image: RollingNews

As the clean-up from Storm Ophelia gets underway around the country, Met Éireann has said a second storm is heading our direction.

Storm Brian will arrive in our vicinity on Saturday - however it will not pack anything like the same punch as Ophelia.

A smaller patch of bad weather is also expected to cross Ireland on Thursday.

Storm Brian

Met Éireann forecaster John Eagleton said Storm Brian has the potential to trigger a status yellow weather warning - with rainfall and strong winds on the cards.

"I don't see it at anywhere near the same intensity as Ophelia was anyway," he said.

"For us on Saturday, at its current track, it will throw up a lot of rain across the country; it may give a breezy day, maybe some low-level wind warnings possible or maybe some rain warnings issued.

"It is too early to say at this time."

The weather is mainly expected to affect the south of the country - however it could also bring wind and rain to other parts.

Clean-up operation

Over 215,000 people are estimated to be without power this morning as efforts to restore power continue following Storm Ophelia.

Local and national authorities are assessing the damage nationwide - while primary and secondary schools remain closed.

Three people lost their lives as a result of the powerful storm, with winds reaching over 190 km/h in some areas.