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'Storm Brian' isn't comparable to Ophelia - and isn't even a storm yet

“At the moment it doesn’t look too severe and not comparable at all to Storm Ophelia.”

People battle yesterday's winds in Lahinch, Co Clare.
People battle yesterday's winds in Lahinch, Co Clare.
Image: Niall Carson/PA

A WEATHER SYSTEM heading towards Ireland is neither comparable to Storm Ophelia nor is it a storm just yet.

Social and online media has been abuzz about the storm, which some predicted would be worse than yesterday’s deadly Ophelia.

However, meteorologist with Met Éireann Harm Luijkx says that the service hasn’t yet determined if the weather pattern Invest 92L will be a storm by the time it hits Irish shores.

He told TheJournal.ie that it is not yet certain what path the bad weather will take or if it will be a storm by the time it hits Ireland.

It’s too early to call. At the moment it doesn’t look too severe and not comparable at all to Storm Ophelia.

“Naming a storm is a decision between Met Éireann and the UK Met Office. This is definitely not named as a storm yet.”

The next named storm in Ireland will be named Brian, after last month’s storm Aileen. However, this particular pattern hasn’t been named yet.

“It’s a depression that will track just south of us, but it doesn’t look too extreme.

We will make a decision (on naming) around two days before, when we have clear information. We will issue guidance when it’s time to.

The weather pattern – storm or not – is set to bring wet and windy weather on Thursday with strong cyclonic winds overnight. That wet weather will last into the weekend.

The introduction of the official naming initiative followed a winter that saw a number of unofficially named storms – like ‘Darwin’ – make headlines.

Read: Third victim of storm Ophelia named as Louth father of two

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