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Severe storms from tropics reach Europe once every five years on average – new research

By Alexander Baker, Research Scientist, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading
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An unusual and devastating storm struck Ireland in the early hours of October 16, 2017. Record-breaking gusts of up to 119mph left 360,000 homes without electricity and, sadly, three people lost their lives. The storm continued north-eastwards, causing power outages and damage across the UK and Scandinavia over a two-day period.

That storm, named Ophelia,…

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