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Hurricane Ophelia strikes Ireland and UK, leaves 3 dead

 
 
 
 
 
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Almost 300,000 properties are without power and three people have died as Hurricane Ophelia enters its final hours and has moved across the north west.

Met Eireann said the storm would not be over until about 1am with strong gusts and winds continuing but the winds will fade away overnight.

Members of the public have been advised to stay inside and not to make unnecessary journeys as the worst storm the country has seen in more than 50 years passes over.

Irish Rail plans to resume most services on Tuesday morning after suspending them on Monday afternoon. Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus plan to run full servies from first thing after cancellations nationwide on Monday.

However there will be no Luas service on the Red or Green lines tomorrow morning due to damage at a technical room at the Red Cow depot.

The death of a woman in the hurricane has been confirmed. A tree fell on the car in Aglish, Co Waterford shortly before noon. She has been named locally as Claire O’ Neill (58), a mother of one and a cancer care nurse .

Gardai say the driver in her 50s died when a tree came through the windscreen of the car and a passenger, her mother who was in her 70s, was injured. The woman is from the local area.

A man in his 30s has died in Ballybrado, Cahir, Co Tipperary . He was clearing a fallen tree and was seriously injured with a chainsaw. He has since passed away and his body has been removed to Clonmel Hospital. He has been named locally as Michael Pyke from Ardfinnan who lived in the village withhis father.

Meanwhile a man was fatally injured in a crash on a local road in Dundalk, Co Louth when his car was struck by a tree.

There were scores of road closures reported across the country with fallen trees blocking or partially blocking many national and regional roads. Local councils were working throughout the day to clear the roads.

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  • Kyle Hill

    Ireland is pretty tough. The houses are built way better. Actual foundations and use cement. They don’t use the frame models we have here. It takes a lot to damage homes there.

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