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Summary

  1. Winds of 80mph (130km/h) are expected as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia head towards the UK from the Atlantic Ocean
  2. The Republic of Ireland is bearing the brunt - and gusts of 109mph have already been measured off its south coast
  3. Three people have been killed in separate storm-related incidents in the Irish Republic
  4. Thousands of homes are without power in the Irish Republic
  5. Amber wind warnings are in place in Northern Ireland and in parts of Wales
  6. The Met Office in the UK warns of a "potential danger to life"
  7. Schools are closed in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland because of the weather
  8. The Irish government deploys its army to coastal counties, and Irish bus and tram services have been suspended

Live Reporting

By Megan Fisher and John Hand

All times stated are UK

That's it for now

We're leaving our live coverage for the evening but for the latest updates about Ophelia sweeping across the UK follow the main story.

HSE in Ireland back to normal in 'a few days'

Ireland's health service says to expect delays while its clinics catch up on a backlog of cancelled appointments.

HSE cancelled all appointments on Monday due to the storm but hopes to "gradually return to normal services over the next few days".

For more details and the latest hospital news, follow its website.

Power lines and trees down in Crewe

Local police tweet...

A number of trees and power lines coming down in weather related incidents in Crewe/Nantwich making travel difficult in the area #Ophelia

Carrick flats evacuated due to flood risk

Ireland's strongest gusts so far

Met Eireann has posted several of the strongest gusts in km/h recorded throughout today. The highest was at Fastnet Lighthouse where it reached 119mph (191 km/h).

Followed by Roches Point at 97mph (156 km/h) and Kinsale Platform got 88mph (141 km/h).

Waterford Airport 137 km/h Sherkin Island 135 (before loss of power) Cork Airport 126 (before loss of power) Shannon Airport 122 #Ophelia

Casement Airport 117km/h Johnstown Castle 115 Oak Park 111 Malin Head 104 Gurteen 102 Grange 106 Dublin Airport 104 #Ophelia

Wind damaged football club asks fans to stay away

BBC Radio Cumbria

Barrow AFC have asked people to avoid the area around their stadium, Holker Street, while police and the fire service deal with the damage.

Cumbria Police confirmed strong winds blew part of the stadium roof off earlier today. It said nearby Wilkie Road was currently closed.

Is this the worst of it?

Ben Rich has the weather forecast for the week ahead.

Weather for the week ahead

M4 and road closures after strong winds

BBC Wales News

As a result of Ophelia's might, there have been more than 60 incidents on roads in Wales.

  • The M4 Briton Ferry Bridge in Neath Port Talbot is closed
  • North Wales Police has advised motorists in Gwynedd and Anglesey not to travel unless absolutely necessary
  • The Britannia Bridge between Gwynedd and Anglesey is closed, along with several roads leading to the A55 in Conwy
  • In Pembrokeshire, the Cleddau Bridge was shut, although it has now reopened for cars, and the council has closed a number of roads due to fallen trees
  • Ceredigion council said a number of smaller roads would be closed overnight due to fallen trees
  • Sand has also been causing problems on roads in seaside towns like Swansea

Fallen trees and road closures in Scotland

A roof has blown off a Scout hut in Castle Douglas
Police Scotland
The Scout hut in Castle Douglas lost its roof in the high winds

There is disruption on the roads, ferries and bridges in parts of Scotland.

Authorities in Dumfries and Galloway say there are closures and cancellations due to wind levels, fallen trees and structures being destroyed.

The Virtual Operations Support Team has created a map showing live incidents recorded in the region following Ophelia.

It will be updating the map throughout the storm.

Scotland expects a 'rough night'

As ex-Hurricane Ophelia continues to blight the British Isles, Scotland is in for a "rough night", forecasters say.

BBC Scotland Weather has the latest outlook for the country.

Storm's sea foam 'snow' blocks roads

Ophelia's winds have whipped up sea foam onto roads in Wales, making it appear like snow.

Sea foam covers the promenade at Trearddur Bay
Getty Images
The promenade at Treardurr Bay is covered with a blanket of the foam
Car drives through sea foam on roads at Trearddur Bay
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But drivers manage to splash through the roads
Drivers at Trearddur Bay splash through the foam
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Even when it covers the windscreen

Taxi!

Time-wasting phone calls to the police are nothing new, but this is surely one request they haven't had before...

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Power cut for thousands in NI

NIE Networks says about 18,500 homes and businesses are now without power across Northern Ireland.

But it expects more customers to be affected as gusts of 60 to 70mph are forecast to hit the Antrim and Down coasts later.

Storm Ophelia whips up Spelga Dam
Ryan Simpson took this footage of Spelga Dam in County Down feeling the full force of storm Ophelia.
Storm Ophelia causes damage across Ireland
Watch video footage from across Ireland showing the damage caused as Ophelia batters the island.

Check in on the vulnerable and elderly

Age UK is reminding people to check on family and friends who are vulnerable.

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16,000 customers without electricity

Northern Ireland Electricity says about 16,000 customers are without electricity. It expects that number to increase as winds are strengthening.

NIE
NIE

You can stay up to date with the latest information on the NIE website.

Uprooted

Trees are being uprooted all over Northern Ireland.

Here are two that our cameramen spotted on their travels along busy roads in County Down - firstly, on the A1 near Dromore.

A tree down on the A1 road near Dromore
BBC

And this one has come down close to the Narrow Water roundabout just outside Warrenpoint. You can see that the Irish Elk sculpture in the background escaped.

A tree on the road between Newry and Warrenpoint
BBC

School roof blown off

Senior news reporter on the Irish Examiner tweets...

Flights grounded at Belfast City Airport

The build-up to Ophelia's arrival

The stormy weather being wreaked on Ireland has been gradually heading across the Atlantic for the past week.

RTE News has produced a day-by-day timeline tracing the origins of Ophelia back to last Monday, when the US National Hurricane Center issued an advisory about "Tropical Depression 17", situated 875 miles to the west of the Azores.

Over 100 calls made about rough sleepers

Over 100 calls have been made by members of the public concerned about homeless people, government minister Eoghan Murphy says.

The Journal tweets...

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Stormy weather in Devon and Cornwall: In pictures

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Stormy weather as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia have battered Devon and Cornwall today.

We share some of the effects here.

Porthleven storms. PA
PA
Porthleven in Cornwall frequently bears the brunt of stormy weather from the south west
Porthleven storms. Reuters
Reuters
Today was no exception for Porthleven in the large waves it had to endure
Dogs at Land's End. Pic: PA
PA
These two dogs braved winds at Land's End
Kite surfer Mount's Bay. Getty Images
Getty Images
One kite surfer braved the conditions in Mount's Bay, Cornwall
Plymouth Hoe. Pic: Rachael Jackson
Rachael Jackson
Plymouth Hoe's seafront takes a bit of a battering earlier
Plymouth's Mountbatten pier
Nikki Butler
Plymouth's Mountbatten pier suffers water going across it in high winds

'Serious cheers on board' as Ryanair flight lands

Another tweet from someone who disembarked the Ryanair flight from Gatwick to Dublin reveals that passengers cheered when the plane touched down.

Not everyone is in agreement. Another tweeter calls the decision to continue a small number of flights into Dublin "a disgraceful carry-on from Ryanair".

But after a month of bad publicity about cancelled flights, there are several customers who want to praise the airline, including Hennie who flew into Dublin on a Ryanair flight from Edinburgh.

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Derry's Peace Bridge closes

The Peace Bridge across the River Foyle in Londonderry - one of the city's most famous sights - has been closed as a precaution, the Derry Journal reports.

Ryanair flight makes it through the winds

Although many flights in and out of Ireland have been cancelled today, a small number did go ahead, mainly to Dublin in the east of the country.

Since midday, Ryanair has cancelled all but one of its services between London's Gatwick Airport and the Irish cities it serves. But one flight did take off and landed at Dublin 75 minutes after its scheduled arrival time. One passenger tweeted her thanks to the airline.

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Northern Ireland schools stay shut tomorrow

Following the announcement that schools in Ireland would remain closed tomorrow (see 16:22 BST), the Department for Education in Northern Ireland has said those north of the border would be doing likewise.

It comes as the Met Office advised chiefs the storm would be prolonged and severe.

Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary of the Department, said: "I fully appreciate this decision will impact on the work of the schools and indeed on other businesses and services, but the decision has been taken to avoid any potential risk to life for children and young people as well as staff."

School roof torn off in Ireland

The roof from Douglas Community School is seen flying through the air in County Cork.

Ophelia: School roof takes off

Swimmer says water is 'safe enough'

A 72-year-old man who took a dip in the sea in Salthill, Galway, as Ophelia blasted the Irish coast says you are only in trouble if you panic.

Timmy Flaherty was in the water for around a minute after walking off the steps on the Blackrock diving boards.

"There's nothing wrong with the water. It's getting back into the tower, that's the trouble," he said.

"You're safe enough in the water - if you don't panic.

"The secret of the whole thing is not to panic. But I stay calm in the water. Once I'm able to do that, I don't care."

Gusts reach 90mph in west Wales

BBC Weather says it has recorded a gust of 90mph in Aberdaron, west Wales.

Schools remain closed tomorrow

The Department of Education in Ireland has announced all schools will remain closed tomorrow.

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BreakingThird victim of Ophelia in Ireland

A third person has died in the Republic of Ireland as a result of Storm Ophelia. Gardai say a tree fell on the man's car in Ravensdale, Dundalk.

PM: UK ready to support Ireland if needed

Prime Minister Theresa May has "expressed her sympathies" to Ireland this afternoon after two people died as a result of Ophelia.

Downing Street said Mrs May spoke to Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to confirm the UK government "stood ready to provide any support if requested".

'Funny weather' in Derby

No filter needed on this picture from the University of Derby.

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John Redwood speaking to BBC 'beneath a red sky'

Brexit researcher for BBC Politics tweets...

'Smoke smells' force UK planes to land

Easyjet plane
PA

A number of flights to UK airports have been forced to land or divert following reports of "smoke smells" - which are thought to have a link to Ophelia.

Precautionary landings been reported from planes travelling to Dublin, Manchester, Liverpool and Jersey.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport said the smells appeared to be connected with "atmospheric conditions".

Airlines British Airways, Easyjet and Auringy have all confirmed that the reports of smells on their flights have been linked to weather conditions.

The Met Office said southerly winds had caused warm temperatures and drawn Saharan dust into the atmosphere. It added smoke from wildfires in Spain and Portugal had also blown over.

Red sky at night, Downton's all right

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The Saharan dust turning the skies across the UK red are offering some great photo opportunities.

The moody skies over Highclere Castle, aka Downton Abbey, would be a cinematographer's dream.

It's just a shame that Julian Fellowes has stopped writing the popular series.

'Strange yellow light' in London

The BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, has tweeted this image from London.

Weather experts say it is caused by Ophelia pulling air and dust from southern Europe and Africa.

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Coastal defences 'completely breached'

Sky News Ireland correspondent tweets a snapshot of Galway...

'Weird weather' on university campus

The University of Portsmouth has posted a photo of the city's landscape, which it insists hasn't got the sepia filter on.

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