Hurricane Ophelia: UK faces more storm disruption

Winds of more than 70mph (112km/h) and heavy rain are hitting parts of Scotland and northern England as remnants of Hurricane Ophelia continue to sweep across the UK.

All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.

In Ireland some 245,000 customers are without electricity, while 3,600 homes are without power in Northern Ireland.

Three people were killed in the storm in the Irish Republic on Monday.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” wind warning across southern and central Scotland and northern England and warned of rush-hour disruption.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 14 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and several flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, for the west coast of Scotland.

in England, there’s a flood warning in Dorset and a series of flood alerts across the north west and the South West.

Train services in northern England are disrupted – including on the line between Halifax and Bradford Interchange – as a result of trees felled in the storm weather.

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As hurricane-force gusts battered the Republic of Ireland, one woman and a man died in separate incidents when trees fell on their cars.

Another man died in a chainsaw accident while trying to remove a tree felled by the storm.

The Irish Republic’s Electricity Supply Board said help from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK was expected to be drafted in on Wednesday to help restore power.

Strong winds up to 70mph wreaked havoc in Cumbria on Monday night, damaging the roof of Barrow AFC’s stadium and forcing police to close roads in Barrow. around Barrow AFC’s stadium after wind damaged its roof.

Cumbria Police said they had reports of roofs and debris on the roads and overhead cables coming down – and it urged people to make only essential travel.

In Wales, schools were shut on Monday and roads and railway lines were closed because of the storm.

A gust of 90mph (144km/h) was recorded in Aberdaron, Gwynedd, and a woman was injured after being hit by a falling branch in Wrexham.

Ireland’s meteorological service said its highest gust was 109mph (175km/h) at Fastnet Rock.

And skies turned red and yellow across many parts of England on Monday as Ophelia dragged dust from the Sahara through the atmosphere.Hurricane Ophelia