Hurricane Ophelia heads to UK

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The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia is heading towards the UK with winds of up to 80mph (130km/h)

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for Northern Ireland, parts of Wales and south west Scotland, warning of a “potential for injuries and danger to life”. People living in the affected areas should expect longer journey times and transport cancellations along with power cuts and unstable mobile phone coverage.

Northern Ireland has closed all schools and colleges after the storm warnings.

In the Republic of Ireland, Met Eirann has issued a red warning and the government has deployed the army, with ex-Ophelia the most severe storm to hit Ireland in more than 50 years. Dublin Airport expects to cancel over a hundred flights and many trains, ferries, and buses have already been cancelled because of severe weather.

Ophelia set the record for the most easterly category three hurricane in the Atlantic, but wind speeds dropped before hitting landfall in north west Europe.

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