DISCUSSION: As a strong low pressure system spinning over the North Atlantic Ocean continued to gradually travel north-northeastward, impacts are already being felt across many parts of far western Europe. More specifically, you can note how there is a very tight spiral (or comma head) structure associated with the core circulation tied to this particular low pressure system which is indicative of an intense and mature low pressure system. To be more precise, as of earlier today, this intense low pressure system was positioned roughly 700 km SSW off of Reykavik, Iceland with a minimum central pressure of 943 mb while moving in a general northerly direction. As this powerful low pressure system continues to head off to the north-northeast, more pronounced impacts in the form of strong winds and heavy rainfall across parts of western Europe will continue for the next 24 to 48 hours or so as this system gradually moves inland.
Once the low begins to interact with Iceland and then Greenland, the system will rapidly weaken in intensity and the corresponding impacts will lessen in magnitude rather quickly as well. However, until that time, this storm will remain to be quite hazardous for people residing along coastal sections of areas including (but not limited to) western Spain, western Portugal, Ireland, the United Kingdom, etc. Therefore, if you know people who are currently residing in these areas, should remain vigilant in case conditions get too hazardous for any or all travel. Be sure to stay tuned to messages and alerts from your local authorities, regional weather broadcasters, and for updates right here at the Global Weather and Climate Center for more information!
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