Storm Ophelia destroys stadium roof of Irish cup holders Cork City

Storm Ophelia destroys stadium roof of Irish cup holders Cork City

Hurricane Ophelia's tail end is battering Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom with life-threatening winds, heavy rain and deadly storm surges.

Over 150 routes are blocked by fallen trees and debris. Permanent TSB Group Holdings closed its offices, while some 160 flights have been canceled at Dublin airport.

Ophelia brought gale-force winds to southern Ireland by early Monday, with hurricane-force winds due this afternoon.

"Southerly winds are most likely to gust between 55mph and 65mph across much of the warning area with the potential for gusts of 80mph in coastal areas, particularly on the eastern side of Northern Ireland". It made landfall after 10:40 a.m. (0940 GMT), the Irish National Meteorological Service said, with winds as strong as 190 kph (110 mph) hitting the most southerly tip of the country.

The roof of the Derrynane Stand in Turner's Cross, home of Cork City Football Club, was pulled down. The transport minister said it was not safe to drive.

Already the storm has claimed the life of one person. "At the same time, much of northwest Scotland has been removed". Using a prior forecast track, Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., said damages from Ophelia in Ireland could reach $800 million and $300 million in the United Kingdom.

"Every part of Ireland is affected by this", she said.

It passed close to a western Ireland golf course owned by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has been planning a wall to protect its greens from coastal erosion.

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