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Thousands still without power in wake of Storm Ophelia

18 October 2017, 01:00 | Lucy Hill

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On Storm Ophelia, she expressed her sympathies for the loss of life - and said the UK Government stood ready to provide support.

Some 120,000 homes and businesses were without power as the storm ploughed through the region with more expected. A woman in her 50s died after a tree fell on her vehicle close to the village of Aglish, in Waterford.

Nearby Cork City's stadium was also heavily damaged by the 70mph gusts and higher have been recorded as the ex-hurricane hit Ireland earlier today. Insurer FBD Holdings Plc dropped as much as 4.4 percent in Dublin trading, before closing little changed.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 14 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and several flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, for the west coast of Scotland.

Around 170 flights from Ireland's two main airports at Dublin and Shannon were cancelled.

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One of the first places to feel the brunt of Ophelia was Cape Clear, Ireland's southernmost islands.

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

Ophelia could damage the Trump family's golf resort near the village of Doonbeg in Clare.

"Southerly winds are most likely to gust between 55mph and 65mph across much of the warning area with the potential for gusts of 80mph in coastal areas, particularly on the eastern side of Northern Ireland". Peak U.K. wind generation is forecast at 9,129 megawatts Monday, beating the previous record of 8,905 megawatts on October 1.



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