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  1. All schools across island of Ireland will remain closed on Tuesday
  2. 295,000 homes in Republic, and 11,000 in Northern Ireland, without power
  3. Storm is "national emergency", says Irish PM Leo Varadkar
  4. Woman in 50s and two men killed in storm-related accidents
  5. Amber weather warning issued for NI, red weather warning for the Republic
  6. Winds of up to 65mph (105km/h) batter NI, with gusts reaching 80mph

Live Reporting

By Tori Watson and Iain McDowell

All times stated are UK

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That's brings to an end our live coverage of Hurricane Ophelia - we'll keep you up to date with any further developments on our BBC News NI website.

You can keep across the latest on road closures on the TrafficwatchNI website.

Good night.

Tree down

Help for the homeless

Measures to provide shelter from Ophelia's winds to homeless people in Dublin are put in place by the Irish government.

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Electricity update

About 11,000 customers are without electricity across Northern Ireland with power supplies restored to 38,000 customers.

NIE Networks say southern and eastern areas have been worst affected and customers in these areas should be prepared to be without power overnight.

Counting the cost...

Public transport back on track

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A train

School services will not be running, though, because schools will be closed for a second day.

Lights coming back on...

About 15,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland are without electricity at the moment.

But engineers have been working hard to restore power to properties - the lights have come back on in 6,000 properties over the past hour.

NIE Networks says there are nearly 1,000 faults yet to be repaired.

Watch her move...

International airport 'open and operational'

RNLI rescues stricken yacht

Closing time...

Is the worst over?

Carrick flats evacuated due to flood risk

Foyle Bridge closed to tall vehicles

Hands-on politics!

The leaning tower of Bangor

Dangerous scaffolding in Bangor

High Street in Bangor has been closed due to the risk posed by scaffolding, say police.

Dangerous scaffolding in Bangor

21,000 without power in NI

The number of properties in Northern Ireland without power keeps rising - 21,000 are in darkness.

Engineers have managed to restore power to 24,000 other properties throughout the day.

If you end up without electricity, get in touch with NIE Networks by calling 03457 643 643.

Dublin's Luas at a standstill

Dublin's Luas service is not operating tonight and that will remain the case tomorrow morning after strong winds damaged a technical room at a depot in Clondalkin.

Luas trams in Dublin

Luas officials are to meet at midday tomorrow and will inform customers of developments after that on its website.

Emergency planning continues in Republic

How to report Ophelia damage

In numbers: Fallen tress, road closures

A tress across a road near Dromore in County Down

Trafficwatch NI says that, as of an hour ago, it's had 179 reports of fallen trees or branches on roads.

  • 83 in the southern region
  • 48 in the eastern region
  • 30 in the northern region
  • 18 in the western region

Lisburn road closed due to hazardous cables

Dublin flight disruption

Not a day for a cycle

Thousands left without power

About 18,500 homes are without electricity across Northern Ireland.

An electricity engineer

Engineers will be working into the night to restore power to those properties, according to NIE Networks.

It says customers should report damage by calling 03457 643 643. Information on power cuts will be provided on its website -


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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Extra beds available for Belfast homeless

Help is on hand for homeless people in Belfast tonight, with extra beds made available in some hostels.

A homeless man

St Patrick's Church has been running a soup kitchen that will remain open through the evening, according to organiser Paul McCusker, to make sure rough-sleepers have somewhere to find shelter.

"We've had up to 15 people and we're engaging with people on the streets to make them aware that there is help and support there," he says.

All colleges to close for second day

Further education colleges across Northern Ireland are to remain close tomorrow.

Belfast Met

The Department for the Economy has spoken to the heads of the six regional colleges and they've agreed to shut for a second day due to risks posed by the storm winds.

"Safety of students is paramount and this decision has been taken with that in mind," adds the department.

Tree-clearing suspended over safety fears

Tree surgeons contracted by Belfast City Council have had their services suspended due to fears for their safety, according to the UUP councillor Sonia Copeland.

Workers remove parts of a fallen tree

They've been dealing with fallen trees on footpaths and roads, but they've been taken out of action until the worst of the storm passes.


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

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

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.


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

Flights grounded at Belfast City Airport

Cushendall road closure

Wind picking up around Ards Peninsula

No rush hour traffic today

Winds are strengthening