Rail delays and downed trees as Storm Ophelia brings disruption to UK
Storm Ophelia is causing fresh disruption in the UK after three people died and hundreds of thousands were left without power in Ireland.
Recovery efforts are now under way and help is being brought in to restore electricity and clear up after buildings, power lines and transport links were left badly damaged by strong winds. Officials have warned that repairs could take several days – up to 10 days in the worst-hit areas.
One of those who died has been named as Clare O’Neill – a former oncology nurse who was killed when a tree fell on to her car in County Waterford.
She had been due to celebrate her 59th birthday on Tuesday. Father-of-two Fintan Goss, 33, died in identical circumstances in Ravensdale, Dundalk.
Another man was killed after being injured by a chainsaw while he tried to clear a fallen tree in Cahir, County Tipperary. He has been named as 31-year-old Michael Pyke.
The storm has caused major disruption to power supplies, and 245,000 homes and businesses are still without power in Ireland. A further 4,000 have no electricity in Northern Ireland. Read More
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