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Ophelia moves on to Scotland

Winds of more than 70mph (112km/h) and heavy rain are hitting parts of Scotland and northern England as remnants of Hurricane Ophelia continue to sweep across the UK.

All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.



Justin Leonard a fruit and vegetable trader in Dublin said that they got off pretty lightly.

"The damage was more in the south of the country, it will be days before it all gets back to normal. Scotland is sending engineers to help restore power and the army is out helping repair the damage by using helicopters to transport the engineers around."

In Ireland some 245,000 customers are without electricity, while 3,600 homes are without power in Northern Ireland. The schools will remain closed for a second day, although most of the public transport services are back on.

Anthony O'Shea from O'Sheas a fruit & veg business based in Killarney said that they also got off lightly, "We did a lot of business in the morning, then the country kind of shut down around 2pm. Everyone stayed indoors."

Three people were killed in the storm in the Irish Republic on Monday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" wind warning across southern and central Scotland and northern England and warned of rush-hour disruption.

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.

Publication date: 10/17/2017
Author: Nichola McGregor
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


 


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