Hurricane Ophelia update LIVE: 3 dead and 360,000 homes without power as killer storm hits

Monday, October 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

HURRICANE Ophelia has already claimed three lives as it slams into Ireland with the entire country subject to a red weather alert.

Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Three people have been killed as Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland on Monday afternoon
Thousands of homes have been left without power and residents warned to stay indoors
An eerie red sky descended over parts of the UK
Gale force winds of up to 100mph continue to batter the coastline
Met Eireann has issued a “status red” weather alert for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry
Yellow and amber weather warnings are in place for much of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has three battalions, 1,200 personnel in total, permanently on standby to assist following the strike

A woman died when her car was struck by a falling tree as she was driving close to the village of Aglish in Waterford, Ireland, while a man was killed in a chainsaw accident as he tried to remove a fallen tree in Cahir, County Tipperary.

Police said the woman in her 50s was killed when her car was struck by a tree brought down by the gales in County Waterford. A female passenger in her 70s was injured in the same incident.

A police spokeswoman said: ”Gardaí are at scene of a fatal road traffic collision that occurred outside Aglish village on the R671 this morning at 11.40am

“A female driver in her 50s was fatally injured when the car she was driver was struck by a falling tree.

“A female passenger in her 70s was injured and has been removed to Waterford Regional Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Emergencies services are still at scene.”

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