Saturday 20 January 2018

WATCH: Terrifying moment tree nearly uproots in housing estate as 'violent gusts' batter the country

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Hurricane Ophelia is wreaking havoc across the country as more than 360,000 homes and businesses are currently without power.

Terrifying footage sent into Independent.ie shows a tree nearly uprooting close to a housing estate in Carrigaline, Co Cork as violent gusts batter the Rebel county.

Gusts of up to 190km/h have been recorded in Cork according to Met Éireann.

Fallen trees are causing chaos on roads across the country.

A tree fell on a passing car on the Tower Road in Blarney earlier this morning, while a crane has blown down on the Little Island slip road from the N25 in Cork also.

Met Éireann's latest statement says there is a "danger to life and property".

"Violent and destructive gusts of 120 to 150 km/h are forecast country wide. Most severe conditions over Munster and south Leinster at the moment."

How is Ophelia affecting you today? Send your comments and pictures to contact@independent.ie, if it is safe to do so.

Storm scenes at Tramore Co. Waterford.
Picture Dylan Vaughan
Storm scenes at Tramore Co. Waterford. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Hurricane Ophelia hitting Fenit in County Kerry. Photo: Mark Condren
16/9/17 Gardai, the coastguard and the RNLI helicopter at Blackrock in Co Louth where windsurfers were surfing during storm Ophelia. Picture: Arthur Carron
16/10/2017 Ophelia arriving in Galway. Quick walk on the prom ahead of the Hurricane . Photo:Andrew Downes
16-10-17 Storm scenes at Tramore Co. Waterford. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Provision 161017 Hurricane 'Ophelia'.... fallen tree Knocknaheeny, Cork City Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Ophelia Storm strikes in Baltimore, West Cork. Photo. Emma Jervis Photography
Hurricane 'Ophelia'.... fallen trees, N25 Cork City Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Walkers in Clontarf pictured this afternoon as Hurricane Ophelia hits the country..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
A tree blocks the road at Killbritain Co Cork. Picture Denis Boyle
(Photo: Met Eireann)
A surfer is seen on rough water in the Atlantic in an area where the tide should be out in the County Clare town of Lahinch, Ireland October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Pictured getting ready for hurricane Ophelia at Courtmacsherry Bay West Cork was Martin Galvin and his son Adam. Their seaside home at Lobster Cottage sits in Courtmacsherry Bay with County Cork expected to be among the worst effected counties. Picture Denis Boyle
Angus Bourke from Castlebar, Co. Mayo a member of Mayo Sailing Club preparaing his boat at Rosmoney, Westport, Co. Mayo before Storm Ophelia. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.
Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack at the National Emergency Coordination Centre today. Photo: Mark Condren

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