Supermarkets crowed as people stock up
Ophelia leaves thousands of Irish homes and businesses without power

The Met Office and Met Éireann have issued severe weather alerts, with a red warning for the whole of Ireland, an amber warning for Northern Ireland and yellow warnings for parts of the British west coast as ex-hurricane Ophelia hits Ireland's coast.

The Met Office has warned of "potential danger to life", with winds off the south coast of Ireland reaching 109mph (176km/h) at Fastnet Rock.


A very busy Tesco in Belfast as people stock up before the storm

Schools in Ireland have been closed and and some public transport suspended and the army has been deployed to coastal counties.

There are now 100,000 homes and businesses hit with power cuts as lines are knocked down, according to the Electricity Supply Board in the Irish Republic.

Ophelia is on its way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean and it comes 30 years after the UK's Great Storm of 1987.

Publication date: 10/16/2017
Author: Nichola McGregor
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