Hurricane Ophelia: Three people die as storm hits Ireland

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.

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.

Cumbria Police said it was dealing with “numerous incidents” related to the high winds, which reached up to 70mph in the area.

The force had received reports of roofs and debris on the roads and overhead cables which had come down and it was urging people to only make essential travel.

In Wales, roads and railway lines have been closed and a gust of 90mph was recorded in Aberdaron, Gwynedd.

The Welsh Ambulance service said a woman has been injured after being hit by a falling branch in Wrexham.

In Ireland, the woman, in her 50s, died near Aglish, County Waterford, and a female passenger, in her 70s, was injured.

Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, the Gardai, Ireland’s police force, said.

One of the men died near Dundalk, Co Louth, after his car was struck by a tree at about 14:45 BST, the Gardai said.

The other man, in his 30s, was killed in Cahir, Co Tipperary.

All road users were urged to stay indoors and not travel unless their journey was absolutely necessary.

Flights were also disrupted as several UK planes were forced to land or divert after reports of a “smoke smell” linked to weather conditions. (Courtesy BBC)

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