Hurricane Ophelia killed three people in Ireland, pounding the country with the most extreme weather it has experienced for years.
The storm – which was officially a post-tropical cyclone when it landed – knocked down two trees on to drivers, who were killed inside their cars.
A third man, who was trying to clear a fallen tree from a road, inadvertently killed himself with his chainsaw. Police confirmed all three deaths.
Sea defences were breached, causing some flooding, while powerful winds ripped the roofs from buildings and knocked down countless trees. 360,000 households were left without power.
The first victim was a woman who was killed by a falling tree in County Waterford. She was later named in media reports as Clare O’Neill, who was in her 50s.
The second was the man with a chainsaw, who died in County Tipperary. The third was a male driver killed in Ranvensdale, County Louth.
- Twitter/Dublin Fire Brigade
Powerful winds were widely recorded, with gusts measured at almost 120mph.
Coastal defences in Galway, on the west coast, were breached and sea water streamed through the streets:
— David Blevins (@skydavidblevins) October 16, 2017
Video on social media also showed roofs being ripped off buildings.
This one shows the nearby town of Passage West:
— Billy OK (@bingobars) October 16, 2017
While this shows a school in the city of Cork:
— Eoin English (@EoinBearla) October 16, 2017
Cork City’s home football ground, Turners Cross, was also seriously damaged:
— Independent.ie (@Independent_ie) October 16, 2017
Irish forecasters warned people in at-risk areas to stay inside their homes to avoid the effects of the storm. Police and the coast guard made repeated pleas for people to stay away from the coast because of rough seas, which they said some were ignoring.
Hospitals across the country cancelled thousands of non-essential procedures because of the bad weather. All schools in Ireland were closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Kerry Airport, which was near the path of the storm, cancelled all flights on Monday and closed completely. Cork Airport, which was slightly further from Ophelia, remained open but still cancelled dozens of flights.
Windspeed measurements showed extreme highs of 118mph (191kmph) at Fastnet Rock, a small island with a lighthouse four miles from the Irish mainland. On the mainland at Roches Point, County Cork, the highest wind speed was measured at 97 mph (156kmph).
The storm also made itself felt in the British territory of Northern Ireland. The symbolic Peace Bridge near the border between Ireland and the UK was closed due to the bad weather.
This graphic from the US National Hurricane Center showed the likely track of the storm, which would take it across the sea to parts of Scotland:
- US National Hurricane Center
In most of England the weather was calm, but a secondary effect of the storm caused the upper atmosphere to fill with dust, casting an odd, reddish glow over much of the country.