Hurricane Ophelia: Three dead as storm batters Ireland, England; over 2 lakh residents without power

Britain and Ireland braced for a lashing from Hurricane Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean

FP Staff October 18, 2017 14:55:13 IST
Britain and Ireland braced for a lashing from Hurricane Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains leaving three people dead and around 2,16,000 homes without power. Reuters
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Britain and Ireland braced for a lashing from Hurricane Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains leaving three people dead and around 2,16,000 homes without power. Reuters
This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the path of Ophelia. The hurricane could bring 130 kilometer an hour wind gusts, disruption and damage to Ireland and Britain. AP
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This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the path of Ophelia. The hurricane could bring 130 kilometer an hour wind gusts, disruption and damage to Ireland and Britain. AP
Five counties in the west of Ireland has been placed on red alert for "severe" weather conditions. Many roads remained blocked by fallen trees and teams were working to clear the debris and restore power lines. Reuters
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Five counties in the west of Ireland has been placed on red alert for "severe" weather conditions. Many roads remained blocked by fallen trees and teams were working to clear the debris and restore power lines. Reuters
Though the storm will weaken as it churns toward Ireland and Britain, it still packs enough power to damage buildings and provoke "dangerous" sea conditions as well as potential flooding. Reuters
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Though the storm will weaken as it churns toward Ireland and Britain, it still packs enough power to damage buildings and provoke "dangerous" sea conditions as well as potential flooding. Reuters
Ophelia is the fifteenth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic season. Three major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean and the US Gulf Coast. Reuters
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Ophelia is the fifteenth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic season. Three major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean and the US Gulf Coast. Reuters