Wind speed of 47mph recorded in Chesterfield as Storm Ophelia batters country

18 October, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Clint Gray
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Britain's meteorological service put an Amber Weather Warning into effect for Northern Ireland from 1400-2100 GMT, saying the storm posed a danger to life and was likely to cause transport cancellations, power cuts and flying debris.

Some 120,000 homes and businesses were without power as the storm ploughed through the region with more expected.

The fatalities were in Waterford, Tipperary and Louth - a woman in her 50s was killed when a tree struck the auto she was travelling in, a man in his 30s died as he was working on a fallen tree with a chainsaw and, later in the afternoon, a man was killed when the vehicle in which he was travelling in was struck by a tree.

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The second day of destruction came after three people died in Ireland on Monday. Schools will remain closed, bus services have been suspended and coastal areas are preparing for flooding. Insurer FBD Holdings Plc dropped as much as 4.4 percent in Dublin trading, before closing little changed. "Even after the storm has passed there will still be dangers".

Royal Bank of Scotland Group decided not to open its Ulster Bank branches.

One of the first places to feel the brunt of Ophelia was Cape Clear, Ireland's southernmost islands.

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Ophelia could damage the Trump family's golf resort near the village of Doonbeg in Clare.

The worst of the weather is due to hit between 12pm and midnight today.

Severe gales, with gusts of up to 70mph, swept across Northern Ireland during the night, bring trees and branches across lines and breaking poles. Peak U.K. wind generation is forecast at 9,129 megawatts Monday, beating the previous record of 8,905 megawatts on October 1.

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