Met Office 'danger to life' warning as winds to hit Northern Ireland
A weather warning for wind has been issued ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Helene in the UK next week, with injuries and danger to life a possibility.
The yellow warning is in place from 6pm on Monday until midday on Tuesday, with the impact limited to the south east of the province.
The Met Office has warned injuries and danger to life are a possibility due to flying debris.
The turbulent weather is coming off the back of one of number of major storms currently raging in the Atlantic, another of which, Hurricane Florence, has caused mass evacuations on the east coast of United States this week.
While currently classified as a hurricane, Helene will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the shores of Northern Ireland.
Wind speeds are expected to hit 55-65mph, with maximums of 70-80mph.
The public are warned that road, rail, air, and ferry services are likely to be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations a possibility.
Road and bridges may close, with fallen trees are expected.
The public is also advised to take care near to the coastline, with injuries from large waves and beach material being thrown onto the seafront.
Power services could be impacted, with other services like mobile phone coverage also potentially affected.
Irish weather authority Met Eireann has said it expects wet and windy weather from Storm Helene to hit the southern coast of the Republic on Tuesday, but does not expect any "severe or damaging weather".
Belfast Telegraph Digital