Well it's almost the middle of hurricane season and the models are hinting that there could be some big storms brewing in the not too distant future, so I thought it was a good time to look back at Hurricane Debbie of 1961, an example of how on rare occasions these tropical systems can have a major impact on us.
Some snippets from the wikipedia page for the storm...
|Debbie is the only known tropical cyclone in history to strike Ireland while still tropical.|
|Hurricane Debby made landfall in Dooega on Achill Island during the morning of September 16. Shortly thereafter, it had moved into the Irish mainland over County Mayo. Debby re-emerged into the extreme northeast Atlantic before being declared extratropical.|
|When Hurricane Debbie made landfall in Ireland on September 16, it became the only known tropical cyclone to do so while tropical. Hurricane Debbie caused about 11 fatalities in Ireland. It was estimated that Hurricane Debbie and its remnants also injured at least 50 people. A few locations reported winds in excess of 100 mph (161 km/h), including at Balleykelly, Tiree and Snaefell. Strong winds were also reported from Bay of Biscay to location in northern Norway. Its remnants were also responsible for flooding in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.|
From the Met Eireann page for Malin Head :
|The highest measured gust to date is 98 knots, recorded on 16th September 1961 when the remnants of "Hurricane Debbie" swept up along the west coast of Ireland causing widespread damage in this part of the country.|