Hurricane Ophelia hits Ireland, three killed

According to reports, two men and a woman have been killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles. As hurricane-force gusts battered the Republic of Ireland, one woman and a man died in separate incidents when trees fell on their cars.

A second man died in a chainsaw accident while attempting to remove a tree felled by the storm. Thousands of homes and businesses lost power in Northern Ireland and Wales, along with 360,000 in the Republic.

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The power company Northern Ireland Electricity said 15,000 households in the province should prepare to spend Monday night without power.

Police in Scotland say the storm has hit Dumfries and Galloway and it is forecast to continue over the region into the evening. And in Cumbria, police in Barrow closed roads around Barrow AFC’s stadium after wind damaged its roof.

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