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At least three killed as Hurricane Ophelia rocks Ireland

At least three killed as Hurricane Ophelia rocks Ireland

At least three killed as Hurricane Ophelia rocks Ireland

At least three people were killed after Hurricane Ophelia, forecast to be the worst storm to hit Ireland since the 1960s, battered the island.

The Shakespearean tempest, a record-tying 10th straight storm to reach hurricane status, hit the country on Monday after weakening to a post-tropical cyclone in the north Atlantic.

However, wind gusts in coastal County Cork reached 120 mph, the strength of a Category 3 hurricane, and one woman died when a tree fell on her car, the Irish Examiner reported.

A man died when a tree also fell on his car and a second was killed in a chainsaw accident, the BBC reported. 

Ophelia approaches Ireland with hurricane-force winds

A surfer is seen on rough water in the Atlantic, in the coastal town of Lahinch, Ireland, on the eve of storm Ophelia.

A surfer is seen on rough water in the Atlantic, in the coastal town of Lahinch, Ireland, on the eve of storm Ophelia.

(CLODAGH KILCOYNE/REUTERS)

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar urged the public to stay indoors as the storm was passing. 

Ophelia will be the most intense weather event since Hurricane Debbie in 1961, when 15 people were killed, according to Met Eireann, the Irish weather office.

The office issued its highest alert — red — and schools across the island were closed on Monday.

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Deadly Storm Ophelia pummels Ireland and Southwest England

Ireland is expected to take the brunt of the storm before it moves north and east toward Scotland.

Ophelia, record-tying 10th straight hurricane, forms in Atlantic

British authorities also issued a cautionary warning to its citizens, some of whom posted pictures of the sun turned red, believed to be caused by the storm bringing in dust from the Sahara Desert, the BBC reported.

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