Damage assessed as Ophelia goes north

Damage assessed as Ophelia goes north
Advance heavy seas reach landfall outside Kinsale in County Cork. Pic: RollingNews.ie

Three die so far in storm-related incidents, disruption to continue on Tuesday

The country is beginning to assess the impact of ex-Hurricane Ophelia, which has been causing havoc as it passes northwards throughout the day.

Hurricane-force winds reached southern coastal counties this morning with storm force winds spreading inland and northwards across the country during the rest of today.

By Monday evening, three people had died as a result of the storm - in Louth, Tipperary and Waterford.

The storm has so far left 360,000 ESB customers without power.

This evening, the National Emergency Coordination Group reiterated that a Red Level Warning was still in place for the entire country. "The immediate storm will not abate over the south coast until 4-6pm and midnight for the north of the country," it said.

The body repeated that the storm was "unprecedented with serious life threatening conditions" and warned people to avoid all unnecessary travel during the storm.

Schools and colleges across the country were closed on Monday and will be closed again on Tuesday. Travel services across the country were severely hit, while many businesses remained closed for the day.

Bus Éireann, Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Luas services were withdrawn earlier in the day, but Bus Éireann has said services will resume from 5am on Tuesday morning. Dublin Bus also expects services to resume from first bus on Tuesday. Luas services, however, will not run in Dublin on Tuesday morning due to damage at one of its technical rooms at the Red Cow Depot in Clondalkin.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has advised those with hospital appointments for Tuesday to turn up as planned, though he warned that some delays could be expected over the next few days.

Employers’ group Ibec had encouraged all businesses to minimise the movement of employees, saying safety should be of the utmost priority.

Some retailers also decided to close for the day. All Dunnes Stores in the Republic and Northern Ireland were shut. Tesco said its stores remained open but would close for the duration of the storm and closure times would vary based on local weather conditions.

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