Don’t expect hurricane threat to blow over

Lorenzo might have been a storm in a teacup but climate change is making Ireland more vulnerable to severe storms

Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Éireann, briefs the media before the arrival of Storm Lorenzo last week. Photo: Sam Boal/

The impact of Storm Lorenzo was fortunately far less destructive than had been expected. In the end it was no worse than a normal big winter storm, although this was no consolation to those who were worst affected.

Nevertheless, it must be remembered that this was once a Category 5 hurricane, the first of its kind to be recorded so far north and east in the Atlantic. It also occurred in early October, ...