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Tropical Storm Oscar may strike the British Isles this week

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
10/28/2018, 10:55:44 AM

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While Tropical Storm Oscar is no threat to the United States, the tropical storm could strike the British Isles as a windstorm on Friday or Saturday.

Oscar will race across the North Atlantic later this week and become an extra-tropical system; however, it will still pack a punch as it approaches the British Isles as early as Friday.

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Satellite image of Tropical Storm Oscar on Sunday.


Oscar still has several thousand miles to travel before reaching the British Isles and a shift in track of 100 miles could mean the difference between powerful winds affecting the majority of Ireland and the United Kingdom and damaging winds being limited to far northern and western parts of both countries.

Regardless, it appears likely that Oscar will bring at least some impactful wind and rain late in the week or during the weekend.

A worst case scenario would take a vigorous post-tropical Oscar across northern parts of the Isles, unleashing damaging winds across Ireland and much of the United Kingdom.

Significant travel disruptions would occur in this scenario along with widespread power outages.

A weaker Oscar or a track farther north would limit impacts to more isolated damaging winds and travel disruptions across Northern Ireland and Scotland, with some impacts possible in Northern and western Ireland.

Areas farther south and east could have some gusty winds and showers.

Check back to AccuWeather.com for additional updates on this looming storm in the coming days.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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