Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands lose power as storm hits Ireland

17:53 • 16.10.17



Thousands have been left without power in southern Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles, knocking down trees and whipping up 10-metre waves.


One woman has died in the southeast Irish county of Waterford after a tree fell on her car, the Independent reports, citing the national broadcaster RTE .


Flights have been grounded and the Met Office has warned of "potential danger to life", with gusts of up to 80mph forecast.


It comes exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.


Planes have been grounded at Manchester Airport, with 20 flights cancelled and passengers warned to check ahead.


Ireland was braced for the worst of the weather, with schools closed and around 130 flights cancelled at Dublin airport.


Schools and colleges were closed in Northern Ireland, which is covered with an amber weather warning - meaning there is a "potential risk to life and property," issued when forecasters believe people need to be prepared to change their plans and protect themselves from the impacts of severe weather.


The storm is expected to move across to Wales, northern England and Scotland throughout Monday.

 

A woman surveys the scene as Ophelia begins to make landfall at Baltimore on the coast of County Cork in southern Ireland

Rays of sunlight shine through dark clouds as storm Ophelia hits the County Clare town of Doonbeg in Ireland this morning

A tree down by Hamilton High School in Bandon, County Cork, as strong winds approach the Republic of Ireland today

Tree damage in Ballylangley, Bandon, County Cork

This satellite image shows Ophelia over the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday. By the time it hits the UK it will bring 80mph winds

The sea is whipped into foam at Porthleven in Cornwall this morning





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