Highest Wind Gust Recorded at Roches Point during October’s Storm Ophelia

The record-breaking impact of Storm Ophelia continues to be revealed.

Met Eireann’s latest weather summaries has reported the highest wind gust on record occurred during the October storm. The gust of 155.6km/h was recorded at Roches Point, Co Cork on October 16th along with the highest 10-minute mean speed on record of 114.8 km/h.

Highest Wind Gust Roches Point Cork October Storm Ophelia

Highest Wind Gust recorded at Roches Point, Cork October Storm Ophelia

The storm, which battered large parts of Ireland, was already responsible for the highest wave recorded in Irish water. This occurred at a weather buoy off Waterford which measured a record individual wave of 17.81m and a record significant wave height of 12.97m.


Met Éireann’s weather summaries said “Storm Ophelia developed near the Azores … before tracking rapidly north-eastwards with hurricane force winds.” The storm made landfall as an “extra-tropical cyclone” and produced violent storm force winds in Munster, strong gale force winds in many areas and destructive gusts widely.

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