Ophelia’s fury: Fearsome hurricane claims three lives as football stadium COLLAPSES, school roof is torn off and 120,000 homes lose power as 97mph winds wreak havoc across Ireland

Monday, October 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

Woman in her 50s dies after her car was struck by a falling tree as she was driving near Aglish in Waterford
Man in his 30s is killed in a chainsaw accident as he tries to remove a fallen tree in Cahir, County Tipperary
Schools close early, flights are grounded and bridges are shut exactly 30 years after Great Storm of 1987
Flooding could hit parts of western England and Wales and maximum wind gusts of 92mph are recorded
But South East England enjoyed UK’s second warmest October day in six years with 74.3F (23.5C) in Kent

By MARK DUELL and JOE SHEPPARD
DAILYMAIL.COM
16 October 2017

Hurricane Ophelia swept into Ireland with deadly force today as three people were killed, 120,000 homes lost power, trees were flattened and roofs were ripped off buildings in what could be its worst storm in 56 years.

A woman in her 50s died when her car was struck by a falling tree as she was driving near Aglish in Waterford, while a man in his 30s was killed in a chainsaw accident as he tried to remove a fallen tree in Cahir, County Tipperary. Meanwhile a man died when a tree fell on a car in Ravensdale, Dundalk.

Gusts of up to 97mph hit Roche’s Point Lighthouse in Cork as Ireland’s schools closed early, flights were grounded and bridges were shut, while fears were raised that flooding could hit parts of western England and Wales today.

Troops were placed on standby in Ireland and many public services closed amid fears about the impact of winds.

Elsewhere there were 1,300 customers without power in Northern Ireland and another 200 in Wales.

The remnants of Ophelia, which was previously classified as a hurricane as it made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, are resulting in ‘exceptional’ weather – exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

But in South East England conditions were remarkably different, with the area enjoying the UK’s second warmest October day in the last six years as a high of 74.3F (23.5C) was recorded in Manston, Kent.

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