Although it weakened before hitting landfall, Tropical Storm Ophelia brought strong winds and heavy rain to Ireland causing much damage. Hundreds of thousands of people are currently without power and emergency authorities are warning that it is not over yet.
Three people died in Ireland as Tropical Storm Ophelia continues bringing strong winds up to 190 km per hour and heavy rainfall, causing damage and widespread power outages throughout the British Isles. Schools throughout the country were closed today and 360,000 homes are currently without electricity. UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to offer aid.
“On Storm Ophelia, the Prime Minister expressed her sympathies for the loss of life and said the UK government stood ready to provide any support if requested,” a spokesperson from the Prime Minister’s Office stated.
Ophelia hits Ireland Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
About 170 flights from Dublin’s two main airports have been canceled due to the storm. The tropical storm is the worst storm to hit Ireland in 50 years, according to meteorologists in the country.