Ophelia Storm Monday Tuesday. Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland battered by the hurricane storm
Two men and a woman have been killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles.
Hurricane-force gusts battered the Republic of Ireland. One woman and a man died in separate incidents when trees fell on their cars.
A second man died in a chainsaw accident while attempting to remove a tree felled by the storm.
Thousands of homes and businesses are without power in the Irish Republic. Also, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Police in Scotland say the storm has hit Dumfries and Galloway. It is forecast to continue over the region into the evening.
Gusts reaching 80mph forecast north of the country. Strong enough to bring down trees. Amber warning in place until 11pm then expected to change to yellow.
Despite the attention on the wind, other parts of the UK have seen unseasonably warm temperatures and red skies.
The ex-hurricane had dragged in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. this, combined with the debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain making the sky appear red.
It could be several days before power is restored to some homes in the Republic of Ireland.
The roof of Cork’s football stadium blown off by the winds.
In Wales, the Cleddau Bridge was shut to high-sided vehicles. All schools in the county closed.
Elsewhere in the UK, skies have turned red and yellow. This is because Ophelia drags dust from the Sahara through the atmosphere.
Ophelia has arrived from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm coincides with the 30th anniversary of the UK’s Great Storm of 1987. At the time devastation spread across the UK.
A series of flood alerts and warnings in place for south-west Scotland.
Gusts of winds are still swirling in the north of the country. People are asked to stay inside
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