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WATCH: '...think they know there’s something big coming?' - eerie footage shows crows darkening east Cork sky as Ophelia hits

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 shows crows fleeing the area as storm clouds approach, like a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'.

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."

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