More than 1,000 troops on standby as forecasters warn Hurricane Ophelia’s 80mph winds will ‘pose a danger to life’

16 Oct

All schools and colleges in the Republic of Ireland will close for the day as fears mount over the damage the storm could wreak.

Meanwhile, large parts of southern and eastern England will see temperatures rocket, with highs of 24C in some areas meaning it could get as warm as Athens and Sicily.

This is due to the storm drawing up warm air from Spain on its eastern flank, and is not far short of the UK record for October set in 2011 when temperatures fell just short of 30C.

In issuing an amber warning in Northern Ireland between 3pm and 10pm on Monday, the Met Office said it could result in the cancellation of rail, air and ferry services.

It also said: “There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“Flying debris is likely, such as tiles blown from roofs, as well as large waves around coastal districts with beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.

“This leads to the potential for injuries and danger to life.”

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