Recovery operation begins as Storm Ophelia moves off into North Sea

18 October, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Colin Gill
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Britain's meteorological service put an Amber Weather Warning into effect for Northern Ireland from 1400-2100 GMT, saying the storm posed a danger to life and was likely to cause transport cancellations, power cuts and flying debris.

Two people were killed in separate incidents when trees fell on their cars - a woman in her 50s in the south east and a man on the east coast.

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.

Public transport is returning to normal, with the exception of Dublin's Luas, but some disruptions may remain. Insurer FBD Holdings Plc dropped as much as 4.4 percent in Dublin trading, before closing little changed.

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It has issued a "status red" weather alert.

Trees and power lines are down across Kerry and Cork as the storm makes its way across the island of Ireland. Hospitals canceled appointments and many stores closed.

Cork City are just one point away from being crowned League of Ireland Premier Division champions, but Ophelia forced their match with Derry City on Monday to be postponed.

Ophelia may also bring record wind power generation. Using a prior forecast track, Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., said damages from Ophelia in Ireland could reach $800 million and $300 million in the United Kingdom. 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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