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Dramatic satellite footage shows how Hurricane Ophelia is heading straight for Britain bringing fierce winds and rain

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Dramatic satellite footage shows how Hurricane Ophelia is set to make a direct hit on the UK next week. 

A terrifying video shows how Ophelia, the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane in 2017, will travel 'very quickly' northwards on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Currently drifting around the Atlantic Ocean, the moving weather map shows it could hit as soon as just after the weekend.

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It will move past Portugal and towards Britain in the next few days, with the latest update predicting the storm will reach Britain on Monday.

It is unlikely it will still be a 'hurricane' at that stage having left tropical waters behind, forecasters say.

But the speed of movement shown in the footage demonstrates it will still hold a lot of rain and wind, experts have said.

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Ahead of Ophelia, footage shows warm weather will hit the country on Saturday and Sunday and temperatures could reach the twenties. 

Temperatures for tomorrow and Sunday in southern and eastern England could be 23C – six degrees above normal.

Due to a separate band of low pressure, unsettled weather is expected going into Tuesday, and conditions will remain changeable throughout the rest of the week.

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The West of England is expected to be worst-hit by its remnants, with heavy rain and winds of 60-70mph.

But Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill warned: “Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track eastwards towards Iberia for the weekend.

“Indications are it will have weakened to an extra-tropical storm by that point before continuing towards Britain, probably reaching us very early next week.

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“But it’s definitely something we are keeping an eye on for the possibility of some disruptive weather early next week.”

Ophelia will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm, which killed 18 people after blasting into the south overnight on October 15, 1987.

The estimated £1billion damage wreaked then followed a notorious forecast by BBC weatherman Michael Fish, who told viewers not to worry.

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The night before the Great Storm forecaster BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish responded to a woman who had rung in.

He replied: “Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way; well, if you’re watching, don’t worry, there isn’t, but having said that, actually, the weather will become very windy, but most of the strong winds, incidentally, will be down over Spain and across into France.”

Mr Fish said his comments about a hurricane had nothing to do with the UK; they referred to Florida, USA, and were linked to a news story immediately before the weather bulletin.

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According to Fish, the woman in question was actually a colleague’s mother who was about to go on holiday in the Caribbean.

Among the most damaged areas of the storm were Greater London, the East Anglian coast and the Home Counties.

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At least 22 people were killed in England and France.

Roads and railways were strewn with fallen trees as well as schools being closed. The National Grid suffered heavy damage, leaving thousands without power.

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The storm felled an estimated 15million trees including historic specimens in Kew Gardens and the storm cost the insurance industry £2billion.

The Met Office conducted an internal inquiry which led to increased quality and quantity of observations from ships, aircraft, buoys and satellites.

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Continued refinements were made to the computer models used in forecasting, and changes were made in the training of forecasters.

Reforms in the way the Met Office reports warnings of severe weather were implemented, leading to more warnings being issued in the future.

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