Hurricane Ophelia heads towards the UK and Ireland

                      

 

                                                     

UPDATE: Weather warnings were lifted as the storm passes. Ophelia is no longer a hurricane.

UPDATE 9: 14 flood warnings and and several flood alerts were issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. In England, a flood warning was issued for Dorset and several more flood alerts are in place in the North and South West regions.

Railway services are disrupted in Northern England due to fallen trees.

UPDATE 8: A YELLOW WARNING is in place for parts of Scotland and northern England, as storm Ophelia continues to ravage the UK. Expect strong winds of over 70mph and floodings.

Affected cities: Edinburgh, Dundee, Dunfermline, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Stockton-on-Tees, Harrogate, Bradford, York.

UPDATE 7: The Sahara dust that was carried by Ophelia poses a serious threat to people suffering from asthma.

UPDATE 6: At least three people are dead as Ophelia hits Ireland.

One woman and a man died in separate incidents when the trees fell on their vehicles.

The other man died while trying to help out with a fallen tree, when a tree fell on him.

UPDATE 5: Strong winds of over 92 mph (148 km/h) were reported at Fastnet Rock and 66 mph (170 km/h) at Roche's Point in The Republic of Ireland. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from the roofs and windfalls could happen leading to injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

Gusts of wind up to 80 mph (129 km/h) will put lives in danger, with the storm due to reach the West coast of Britain and predicted to causes chaos for at least two days.

A woman was killed as the country began to be battered by hurricane-force gusts.

About 120,000 homes and buildings are without power.

 

UPDATE 4: Trees and power lines have been brought down by the winds in south-west Ireland. Up to 5,000 homes in Cork and Kerry have remained without electricity. Amber weather warning has been extended to Scotland, Wales and northern England.

 

UPDATE 3: Ophelia has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, but is still forecast to strike with hurricane-force winds.

 

UPDATE 2: Hurricane Ophelia weakened from Category III to Category II early Sunday, with sustained wind to 105 mph.

 

UPDATE: Hurricane Ophelia gain strength and is now a Category III Hurricane with 115 mph (185 km/h) sustained winds, gusts above 140 mph (225 km/h).

A "red warning status" is been issued for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford, Ireland. All schools and colleges will be shut down in preparation for Hurricane Ophelia.

 

Ophelia became the sixth major hurricane of this year and it may be possible to be upgraded to Category III storm.

The storm, which was losing force as it crossed the Atlantic, was forecast to reach the UK and The Republic of Ireland on Monday.

Since Wednesday night, Ophelia has moved towards East, and the specialists are expecting to gradually change its direction to the Northeast, towards United Kingdom and Ireland.

Between midday and midnight on Monday, the western half of the UK will be battered by the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia and Northern Ireland will be also affected as the storm continues into the early hours of Tuesday.

Hurricane Ophelia could bring gusts of wind of more than 80 mph. It is possible to make potential flooding, high seas and several structural damage.

 

 

Updates are coming soon.

 

 

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