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Storm Brian: Northern Ireland forecast to void worst of 'weather bomb'

By Allan Preston

Northern Ireland is forecast to dodge the worst of Storm Brian as the so-called "weather bomb" approaches from the Atlantic.

The weather system, officially known as an explosive cyclogenesis, is caused when a jet stream of strong winds high up in the atmosphere interacts with a low pressure system, causing it to spin faster and faster.

Grahame Madge, spokesman for the Met Office, said the weather bomb would "detonate" over the Atlantic, but the south-west of Ireland would still face strong winds while the north remained relatively unscathed.

"We haven't included Northern Ireland as one of the warning areas," he said.

"There will be strong winds across Northern Ireland but not anywhere near the level of Storm Ophelia.

"By Saturday afternoon NI will be experiencing northerly breezes and gusts. There will be some intense bursts of rain throughout the day along with brighter spells, but Saturday afternoon's not a complete washout.

"Saturday evening is a little more consolidated, but Sunday looks like it will have clearer spells with perhaps a heavier front of rain moving in late Sunday evening to the early hours of Monday."

Following the destruction of Storm Ophelia on Monday, in which three people in the Republic lost their lives, Met Eireann has issued orange and yellow wind warnings across the country for Storm Brian.

Meteorologist Joan Blackburn said she would still urge caution over the weekend.

"Storm Ophelia was listed as a red warning, with gusts of up to 150kph predicted," she pointed out.

"We now have an orange warning for winds of speeds of up to 130kph for all of the coastal counties."

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