Three dead as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland

Posted October 18, 2017

A metal advertising sign was pictured in one person's front garden.

Two people were killed in separate incidents when trees fell on their cars - a woman in her 50s in the south east and a man on the east coast.

Ophelia brought gale-force winds to southern Ireland by early Monday, with hurricane-force winds due this afternoon.

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 14 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and several flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, for the west coast of Scotland.

Residents look at fallen trees that were blown down by Storm Ophelia blocking a road in Irelands southwest city of Cork. Hospitals canceled appointments and many stores closed.

One of the first places to feel the brunt of Ophelia was Cape Clear, Ireland's southernmost islands. Using a prior forecast track, Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., said damages from Ophelia in Ireland could reach $800 million and $300 million in the United Kingdom.

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Amber "be prepared" weather warnings covering Dumfries and Galloway, Lothian and Borders and Strathclyde warn of " potential for injuries and danger to life" from flying debris and high waves as wind gusts up to 80mph are expected.

The cabinet meets in Dublin this morning to discuss the cost and cleanup of the worst weather event in Ireland in more than 50 years.

The Met Office said smoke particles carried north by Ophelia from wildfires in Spain and Portugal, which grounded a number of flights on Monday, could also return tomorrow.

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