UK alerts issued and Ireland in 'status red' lockdown ahead of Storm Ophelia

UK alerts issued and Ireland in 'status red' lockdown ahead of Storm Ophelia

The storm is expected to hit on Monday Credit: (Twitter @Paul_Mc_Cusker)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Storm Ophelia is to hit the UK and Ireland with winds of up to 80mph.

The Met Office is warning of a potential “danger to life”, and fears of the impact of strong winds have seen troops on standby and public services in Ireland closed.

The storm, which was formerly classed as a hurricane, is to hit today (October 16), on the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 Great Storm.

Schools and colleges in Northern Ireland have been closed under an amber weather warning – issued when forecasters say people need to be prepared to protect themselves from severe weather and other risks caused by it, like flying debris.

Meanwhile, a yellow warning is in place across Scotland, Wales, the north-east, west and south west of England, as well as the Midlands.

The Irish weather board, Met Eireann, has released a “status red” alert for the counties of Mayo, Clare, Kerry, Cork, and Galway. 

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