Hurricane Ophelia: UK faces more storm disruption

Winds of more than 70mph and heavy rain are hitting parts of Scotland and England as remnants of Hurricane Ophelia continue to affect the UK.

All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.

In Ireland some 245,000 customers are without electricity, while 3,600 homes are without power in Northern Ireland and 4,000 in north Wales.

Three people were killed in the storm in the Irish Republic on Monday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” wind warning across southern and central Scotland and northern England and warned of rush-hour disruption.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 14 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and several flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, for the west coast of Scotland.

In England, there’s a flood warning in Dorset and a series of flood alerts across the north west and the South West.

Train services in northern England are disrupted – including on the line between Halifax and Bradford Interchange – as a result of trees felled in the storm weather.

More than 130 trees were cleared from roads on the Isle of Man.

As hurricane-force gusts battered the Republic of Ireland on Monday – the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm – one woman and a man died in separate incidents when trees fell on their cars.

Another man died in a chainsaw accident while trying to remove a tree felled by the storm.

Schools and universities closed, while non-emergency appointments at a number of hospitals were postponed, as the country’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, warned people to stay in and avoid unnecessary travel.

The Irish Republic’s Electricity Supply Board said help from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK was expected to be drafted in on Wednesday to help restore power.

Strong winds of up to 70mph (112km/h) wreaked havoc in Cumbria on Monday night, damaging the roof of Barrow AFC’s stadium and forcing police to close roads in the town.

Cumbria Police said they had reports of roofs and debris on the roads and overhead cables coming down – and it urged people to make only essential travel.

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