Monday 21 October 2019

Watch: 'They know something big is coming' - Eerie footage shows crows fleeing as Ophelia hits Cork

Credit: Sarah Kavanagh
Credit: Sarah Kavanagh
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The sky above east Cork has gone completely dark as Hurricane Ophelia begins to make her mark on Ireland.

Eerie footage recorded by Sarah Kavanagh, sent into, shows crows fleeing the area as storm clouds approach - like a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'.

"Think they know something big is coming," she wrote on Twitter.

Kerry and Cork were two of the first counties to be hit by the storm which is expected to gradually worsen throughout the morning.

Met Éireann's Gerry Murphy said the hurricane is now very close to the south-west coast.

"There are winds now picking up along the south coast and those winds will get every stronger in the south as the morning goes on.

"Certainly, in the morning and in the afternoon, is the key time for the storm, most especially along the south coast.

"There are high winds being recorded - we had gusts of 83 knots at Fastnet Rock off the south-west coast of Cork, which is about 150km/h."

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


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