Cork City lose their roof as Storm Ophelia strengthens grip on Ireland

Theresa May called Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and Northern Ireland

A woman in her 70s was killed after a tree fell on her vehicle in Waterford in the south-east of the country, state broadcaster RTE said.

Hundreds of roads were blocked by fallen trees, Hogan said.

Forecasters warn: "Very strong winds are forecast to affect most western and some central parts of the United Kingdom during Monday". About 350,000 homes and business lost power, RTE reported, with that figure expected to rise.

Schools remain shut today, but universities are starting to reopen.

"Ophelia is a very unsafe storm", Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters in Dublin Monday.

Britain's meteorological service put an Amber Weather Warning into effect for Northern Ireland from 1400-2100 GMT, saying the storm posed a danger to life and was likely to cause transport cancellations, power cuts and flying debris.

Ophelia brought gale-force winds to southern Ireland by early Monday, with hurricane-force winds due this afternoon. "Even after the storm has passed there will still be dangers".

Trees and power lines are down across Kerry and Cork as the storm makes its way across the island of Ireland.




Royal Bank of Scotland Group decided not to open its Ulster Bank branches.

Around 170 flights from Ireland's two main airports at Dublin and Shannon were cancelled.

Cork City are just one point away from being crowned League of Ireland Premier Division champions, but Ophelia forced their match with Derry City on Monday to be postponed.

"These strong winds are forecast in association with the northward track of ex-Ophelia across or near to the west of the British Isles".

Ophelia could damage the Trump family's golf resort near the village of Doonbeg in Clare.

The cabinet meets in Dublin this morning to discuss the cost and cleanup of the worst weather event in Ireland in more than 50 years.

A number of weather warnings remain in force across the United Kingdom, with the potential for wind gusts of 70mph in Scotland throughout the day.

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