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

Brandon Parsons
October 18, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia's tail end is battering Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom with life-threatening winds, heavy rain and deadly storm surges.

Hundreds of roads were blocked by fallen trees, Hogan said.

The ex-hurricane battered Ireland and the United Kingdom with torrential rain and powerful winds yesterday.

Members of the National Emergency Coordination Group will meet again at 10, when they can start to gain a sense of how much damage Ophelia has done.

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 storm slammed into Turner's Cross stadium in Cork, and pictures emerged on social media of the severe damage to the roof of the Derrynane Stand.

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar on Monday afternoon to offer support.

The storm winds were due to peak between 1600 GMT and 1800 GMT in Dublin and Galway, two of Ireland's most populous cities, and later on Monday in northern areas.

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

It is expected to move towards western Scotland overnight and "impactful weather" is expected in other western and northern parts of the United Kingdom, it said.

"These strong winds are forecast in association with the northward track of ex-Ophelia across or near to the west of the British Isles".

A clear-up operation is also under way in Northern Ireland, where around 3,000 homes and businesses are still experiencing disrupted electricity supplies, with the worst affected parts across counties Down, Armagh and Antrim.

Similar storms in the past have changed the shape of stretches of the Irish coastline, climatologists said.

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