Tuesday 25 September 2018

'A chat, a bed and a warm cup of tea' - people are offering help to those affected by Storm Ophelia

As Hurricane Ophelia continues in Galway people taking video of themselves out in the height of the storm at the Spanish Arch and Claddagh area of Galway. Photo:Andrew Downes
As Hurricane Ophelia continues in Galway people taking video of themselves out in the height of the storm at the Spanish Arch and Claddagh area of Galway. Photo:Andrew Downes
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Monday's historic weather event has left thousands facing hardship across the country and kind-hearted citizens have been using Facebook's safety feature to offer help.

The tech giant opened it's safety check feature to allow people to mark themselves as "safe" as Storm Ophelia wreaked havoc across the nation.

People can also offer or request support to and from their local community on the social network.

Citizens across Ireland have been responding to the emergency with aplomb.

"A chat, bed and a warm cup of tea, in Limerick City centre, I'm out at the moment but will respond straightaway to any request," one user offering shelter for one person wrote.

Other took to the site offering baby supplies, to sterilise bottles and to help with the clean-up.

Checking up on elderly relatives has also been offered by some people.

"I have disposable and reusable nappies and wipes from birth to potty. Boys clothes from birth to age 2. Also Boys and girls clothes aged 10 12 and adults clothes. While we have power; we can do a wash or dry so don't be stuck," another person offered.

"If we can get to you - we will. Stay safe.

The worst of the storm has passed and is expected to clear the entire country by midnight tonight.

Three people died and thousands have been left without power due to the destruction caused by the storm.

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