Storm Ophelia destroys stadium roof of Irish cup holders Cork City

Ebony Scott
October 18, 2017

Authorities across Ireland are counting the cost of one of the most intense storm systems to hit the country. A man in his 30s died while clearing a fallen tree in Tipperary, while a second man died in Louth, northeast of Dublin, according to the broadcaster.

Over 360,000 homes and businesses were without electricity with another 100,000 outages expected by nightfall, Ireland's Electricity Supply Board said, describing it as an unprecedented event that would effect every part of the country for days.

Three people died yesterday as hurricane-force winds were recorded across the United Kingdom, with Ireland being among the worst hit areas.

Several rail lines were blocked today by trees that toppled in gusts of 70mph as the storm lashed Scotland and Northern England, and flights and ferries were cancelled in Northern Ireland, where there were 400 incidents of weather-related damage.

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.

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Footage from Passage West GAA Club in Cork is just as scary, it shows the entire roof of the stand being blown off and flying over nearby houses. The transport minister said it was not safe to drive.

Waves crash over the railway tracks as the remnants of Storm Ophelia hit Saltcoats, on the west coast of Scotland.

"Every part of Ireland is affected by this", she said.

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

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