Fallen trees, the roof ripped off several sports clubs and schools, and at least one fatality – the storm takes its toll.
THE DAMAGE WREAKED by Storm Ophelia as it moves across the island of Ireland is already becoming clear. Trees ripped up by the roots, roofs peeled back and at least one fatality so far – the hurricane-force winds are showing no mercy.
Already in Aglish, Co Waterford a woman in her 70s has died after the car she was driving was hit by a falling tree.
In Cork city, a large portion of the roof of the Cork City FC stadium at Turner’s Cross has been ripped off.
As illustrated by the tragic death of the woman in Waterford, the danger of large branches and trees felled by the wind cannot be underestimated.
Fallen telegraph poles and electric cables are also a massive hazard – around 200,000 households – business and residential – are without power because of the onslaught of the past few hours. Find out more about that here.