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    Thousands are without power in southern Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia reach the British Isles.

    The Met Office has warned of "potential danger to life", with winds off the south coast of Ireland reaching 109mph (176km/h) at Fastnet Rock.

    In the Republic of Ireland, Met Eireann has issued a red wind warning and the government has deployed the army.

    An amber warning for Northern Ireland, west Wales, south west Scotland and the Isle of Man is in force from midday.

    The BBC's Ireland correspondent, Chris Page, said it would be the most severe storm to hit Ireland in half a century.

    Ophelia is on its way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean and it comes 30 years after the UK's Great Storm of 1987.

    Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41627442
    Live updates: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-41633276

    I must admit, it's pretty surprising to see this. Naturally the UK is known for receiving the tail end of hurricanes countless times, but this one seems like a step up in intensity.

    Do we have anyone in ROI/NI affected by this? Hopefully you're all safe!
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    (Original post by MrDystopia)
    Thousands are without power in southern Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia reach the British Isles.

    The Met Office has warned of "potential danger to life", with winds off the south coast of Ireland reaching 109mph (176km/h) at Fastnet Rock.

    In the Republic of Ireland, Met Eireann has issued a red wind warning and the government has deployed the army.

    An amber warning for Northern Ireland, west Wales, south west Scotland and the Isle of Man is in force from midday.

    The BBC's Ireland correspondent, Chris Page, said it would be the most severe storm to hit Ireland in half a century.

    Ophelia is on its way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean and it comes 30 years after the UK's Great Storm of 1987.

    Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41627442
    Live updates: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-41633276

    I must admit, it's pretty surprising to see this. Naturally the UK is known for receiving the tail end of hurricanes countless times, but this one seems like a step up in intensity.

    Do we have anyone in ROI/NI affected by this? Hopefully you're all safe!
    It hasn't affected Northern Ireland yet
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    (Original post by slee551)
    It hasn't affected Northern Ireland yet
    Yup hasn't hit the North, hopefully the holiday homes in Donegal aren't damaged too bad. Co.Down looks like it will hardly get anything so it's kinda just a boring day atleast no school so that's a plus I guess
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    (Original post by slee551)
    It hasn't affected Northern Ireland yet
    Directly not yet, indirectly certainly. Various regions of the UK are being affected in that sense.

    Has anyone seen a red sun caused by all this as an example? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41635906. Here in London the light looks weirdly golden, but no red sun.
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    (Original post by MrDystopia)
    Has anyone seen a red sun caused by all this as an example? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41635906. Here in London the light looks weirdly golden, but no red sun.
    Yeah, the sky has gone a weird orange colour here in Brum
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    (Original post by M4cc4n4)
    Yup hasn't hit the North, hopefully the holiday homes in Donegal aren't damaged too bad. Co.Down looks like it will hardly get anything so it's kinda just a boring day atleast no school so that's a plus I guess
    Hopefully! I think because Donegal will most likely be in the eye of the storm it should be okay. Yeah County Down is relatively calm at the moment.
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    Wind picking up now in the North! It's supposed to reach its peak later this evening! Hope everyone stay's safe- one death down south has already been reported
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    Wind picking up now in the North! It's supposed to reach its peak later this evening! Hope everyone stay's safe- one death down south has already been reported
    It definitely is now! I hope so too it's awful what happened to that individual :'(
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    (Original post by I hate exams!)
    Wind picking up now in the North! It's supposed to reach its peak later this evening! Hope everyone stay's safe- one death down south has already been reported
    (Original post by slee551)
    It definitely is now! I hope so too it's awful what happened to that individual :'(
    Yeah was very sad about that Woman and the Tree, hopefully that's all the fatalities that happen. Yeah think it will properly hit after 3 until 10 or so, Civil Contingency committee is meeting, it will also be announced this afternoon whether Schools and FE Colleges resume tomorrow - would say it is likely they should and hopefully we won't find out at half ten again. Let's hope we don't lose power like down south and no bins go flying
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    (Original post by M4cc4n4)
    Yeah was very sad about that Woman and the Tree, hopefully that's all the fatalities that happen. Yeah think it will properly hit after 3 until 10 or so, Civil Contingency committee is meeting, it will also be announced this afternoon whether Schools and FE Colleges resume tomorrow - would say it is likely they should and hopefully we won't find out at half ten again. Let's hope we don't lose power like down south and no bins go flying
    I hope so too. It definitely has come into effect now. I agree with you. Yeah I hope so too at least a lot of the power cables are underground here
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    (Original post by moonkatt)
    Yeah, the sky has gone a weird orange colour here in Brum
    (Original post by MrDystopia)
    Directly not yet, indirectly certainly. Various regions of the UK are being affected in that sense.

    Has anyone seen a red sun caused by all this as an example? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41635906. Here in London the light looks weirdly golden, but no red sun.
    The sky is also a weird yellow/orange colour here in Oxford, I was wondering what that was all about!
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    Schools Both North and South of the border will remain closed tomorrow
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    (Original post by Etoile)
    The sky is also a weird yellow/orange colour here in Oxford, I was wondering what that was all about!
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