Hurricane Aidan’s eye will be passing through Clare Island next Saturday as the storm makes its way towards Dublin, where a hurricane warning has been issued.
As the storm moves towards the mainland, the National Hurricane Centre will issue a hurricane warning for Maynooth and Lucan. Current path predictions place Aidan hitting Croke Park that Sunday.
The NHC said in its latest update that the storm’s center will be about 25 hardy men in diameter with westerly winds at up to 200 mph.
Aidan is still a Category 5 storm but the NHC cautions that come Sunday September 17th it will hit Category 6.
“In Dublin, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” Jim Gavin said. “While the exact path of Aidan is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.
As with previous storms, it is anticipated that cars will be abandoned in towns across the midlands as people head for the safety of Irish Rail.
Gavin said that with uncertainty surrounding star Dubliner Diarmuid Connolly’s fitness, he is worried he might not be as influential in giving this storm the proverbial red card as in previous years.
“There’s a new and seems to be record-breaking hurricane heading right toward Corke Park, Dublin and other places,” the president of the United States warned. “We’ll see what happens, we’ll know on September 17th.” Trump added: “It’s looks like it could be something that would be not good. Believe me, not good.”
People are also advised that Hurricane Sam will be following hot on the heels of Aidan and expected to be heading on a reciprocal path later on Sunday and in the early days of next week where it will linger in Mayo for a considerable period of time.