Hurricane Ophelia to hit UK on anniversary of 1987 Great Storm

Hurricane Ophelia to hit UK on anniversary of 1987 Great Storm

The US National Hurricane Center says the hurricane will have weakened by the time it hits (Credit: Twitter @viralgaf)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A hurricane is headed for the UK - and it's due to hit on the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 Great Storm. 

Hurricane Ophelia is on route, with a trajectory to hit Ireland and most of the UK.

However, the US National Hurricane Center has predicted it will weaken to a regular storm before it hits the UK on Monday (October 17).

A higher degree of winds are expected, as well as unseasonably warm weather. 

Twenty two people died after the Great Storm hit the UK - alongside Spain and France - with hurricane-force winds across October 15 and 16 in 1987. 

The storm made landfall in Cornwall, before moving through Devon and over the Midlands.

Cities along the coasts - like Kent and Sussex - were subjected to winds of 120 miles per hour. 

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