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Two dead as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 00:55

Eyewitnesses in Ireland record waves, fallen trees and even part of Cork City Football Club's stadium roof collapsing. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Two people died as Tropical Storm Ophelia battered Ireland's southern coast on Monday (October 16), knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre (30-foot) waves. Over 230,000 homes and businesses were without electricity with more outages expected and almost 150 flights from Ireland's two main airports at Dublin and Shannon were cancelled. A woman in her 50s was killed by a tree falling on her car in the southeastern county of Waterford, police said. A man in his 30s died while trying to clear a fallen tree in an incident involving a chainsaw. In Cork, eyewitnesses recorded crashing waves, fallen trees and even part of Cork City Football Club's stadium roof collapsing. The storm, downgraded from a hurricane overnight, was the worst to hit Ireland in half a century. It made landfall after 10:40 a.m. (0940 GMT), the Irish National Meteorological Service said, with winds as strong as 176 kph (110 mph) hitting the most southerly tip of the country.

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Two dead as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 00:55