Three dead as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland

Cork County Council puts its Severe Weather Plan into action

In Scotland part of a derelict block of flats already earmarked for partial demolition collapsed at around 4am, and a scout hall roof was blown off in Dumfries and Galloway as the region took the brunt of winds up to 77mph.

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

In Cumbria the county council said high winds had torn the roof from a house in Whitehaven and even ripped traffic lights from their poles, as well as causing widespread traffic disruption. Part of the roof of a stand at National League team Barrow AFC was also sheared by the wind.

The gust was recorded by the Met Office on Monday evening as Derbyshire picked up the remnants of the tropical storm which blew in from the Atlantic. Roches Point in Ireland saw gusts of 97mph.

She said crews have begun to work on assessing the damage.

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Irish Defence Force soldiers have been deployed with vehicles and helicopters to help assess damage as thousands of staff from ESB, the Republic of Ireland's electricity network, worked to fix fallen and broken cables. "There will be trees on the ground, there will power lines down".

"This storm is still very active and there are still very risky conditions in parts of the country".

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar advised people to stay indoors.

The Irish government said the storm was likely to be the worst since Hurricane Debbie, which killed 11 in Ireland in 1961.

Forecasters warn: "Very strong winds are forecast to affect most western and some central parts of the United Kingdom during Monday".

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