Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ophelia Nationwide: Local authorities begin to count the damage as the storm continues to hit part of the country

  • 330,000 homes and businesses without power across the country - ESB
  • Some homes won't have power restored for 10 days
  • Clean-up operations will begin in earnest on Tuesday
  • Bus Eireann services to resume on Tuesday
Surfers watch as waves approach in the Atlantic on the eve of storm Ophelia in an area where the tide should be out in the County Clare town of Lahinch, Ireland October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Surfers watch as waves approach in the Atlantic on the eve of storm Ophelia in an area where the tide should be out in the County Clare town of Lahinch, Ireland October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A tree uprooted in Carrigline, Cork Photo: Patricia O'Flaherty Newsdesk Newsdesk

Ireland is facing "unprecedented" property damage and power outages as the "most extreme" storm to hit the country is causing havoc in each county.

Thousands of videos and pictures showing the extent of the damage are being posted online.

The eye of the storm is currently moving north towards Donegal and the east of the country is starting to feel the brunt of Ophelia now.

Met Éireann says the storm is currently causing winds of around 90kmph off the coast of Ireland as the red alert warning is due to be in place until 3am on Tuesday morning.



  • The south-west coast is thought to have suffered the brunt of the damage, with Cork one of the worst-hit areas.
  • A woman died in Co Waterford after a tree fell on the car she was travelling in this morning at around 11.40am.
  • The roof of the Derrynane Stand in Turner's Cross, home of Cork City Football Club, was pulled down.
  • In Kinsale a corrugated iron roof was blown down a street, damaging cars, while a wooden beam smashed through the roof of an apartment while a man was inside.

  • There are widespread power outages in Clonakilty, Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Douglas, Glanmire, Fermoy, Kilworth, Glanworth and Mitchelstown.

  • Due to power outages at water supply plants and pumping stations Irish Water will be challenged in maintaining supply in some locations.

  • Slates also flew off buildings in Cork city centre and from St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney.

  • Ferries and cable car operations in Cork, Kerry and Limerick are also set to be hit by Hurricane Ophelia.

  • Cork City Council said it had recorded at least 100 trees down, including 17 on Centre Park Road. The council has urged people to take caution as the full extent of fallen trees throughout the country is not yet known.

  • In Wicklow authorities warned that it would be Tuesday before tree clearances would take place.

  • Fota Wildlife Park in Cork will remain closed until Tuesday.
  • Local authorities across Munster have also cancelled all outdoor events including large item refuse collections.
  • The airport has advised avoiding travel to the airport on Monday "unless absolutely necessary". With the weather expected to be most severe between 10:00 and 15:00, Ryanair, WOW, Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional have cancelled over 40 flights between them. Passengers should check with their airlines regarding travel. You can also check live departures information from Cork Airport here. Arrivals here.

  •  Gusts of up to 190km/h were recorded at Fastnet Rock off the south-west coast of Cork, according to Met Éireann's Gerry Murphy.


    • Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Donegal were all hit as Ophelia and her hurricane force winds tracked north.

    • Galway had spot flooding along the promenade in Salthill and numerous trees and branches down across the city and county.

  • Cliffs of Moher in Clare will remain closed due to the dangers posed by high winds.
  • Baboro International Arts Festival for Children which kicked off in Galway city today has announced that all planned shows and events for today have been cancelled. "We will do our very best to accommodate audiences at an alternative event later in the week. We appreciate your patience as we deal with the situation."

  • Galway gardai have issued a warning to people to stay away from Salthill, Seapoint Spanish Arch, Galway Docks after a number of people ignored the advice of the local council and emergency services. Brendan McGrath Chief Executive of Galway City Council warned people to heed the call of the council to avoid these areas, saying they were using scarce resources to monitor them which were needed elsewhere. He also hit out at a Facebook page urging people to gather at Spanish Arch in Galway city to watch the storm this afternoon describing it at "utter lunacy". He warned they were putting themselves and others at risk.

  • Clare County Council has established an Emergency Helpline (1890252943) to deal with requests for assistance from the public. A significant number of roads were blocked or partially blocked in the county due to fallen trees and telephone poles.

  • A large tree is blocking the Ennis bound lane at Junction 9, the Bunratty and Drumline exit on the M18.

  • The alert issued earlier in relation to flooding in Limerick city and along parts of the Shannon Estuary has been cancelled. The river Shannon submerged a section of the boardwalk at Clancy Strand but since high tide at 5pm the levels are beginning to subside. Water levels do remain high and flood defences are still in place and Limerick City and County Council is urging people to exercise extreme caution near the rivers and estuary as winds are still very strong and waters are choppy and highly unpredictable.

  • The violent winds also caused major damage to a Cork church. A large portion of the roof of Kilcorney Church, located just outside Millstreet, was blown off at the height of the storm.


    • Wicklow county council staff and Gardai have been responding to numerous reports of fallen trees around the county.   However, in many cases the Council will not be in a position to deal with the fallen trees until tomorrow (Tuesday) when it is safe to do so.

    • There are reports of fallen trees in parts of Waterford and Wexford.
    • Power lines down and outages reported in various places across the east coast and in Dublin.

    • Dublin Bus expects all services to resume on Tuesday morning but Luas services will be out of action until at least midday due to damage caused by the storm.
    • Greyhound Household have re-scheduled waste collection for Saturday.
    • Irish Rail is providing updates on DART and InterCity services here.

  • Dublin did not suffer the same damage as other parts of the country. However the council were notified of more than 150 incidents which were mostly minor in nature. The local authority is still dealing with 70 felled trees and other debris.

  • Dublin Fire Brigade, along with the Roads, Traffic, Drainage and Waste Management Crews will continue to work throughout the night.

  • As of 7:30pm all major roads in the city remain open.

  • Owen Keegan thanked all Dublin City Council and Dublin Fire Brigade staff who worked today in difficult conditions to minimise the impact of the storm on the city.


    • Irish Rail is providing updates on DART and InterCity services here.
    • "There is a threat of a steam jet which is a very deadly feature, and can cause major damage, especially across midlands area where we're not used to it" - Joanna Donnelly


    • Donegal to Dublin operated Monday morning, but Aer Lingus Regional's 1.15pm and 7pm from Dublin are cancelled, as is the 5.25pm to Dublin.
    • Flights to and from Glasgow have also been cancelled for Monday. For updates or information, contact the airport on 074 954-8254.
    • Irish Rail is providing updates on DART and InterCity services here.


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