Hurricane Ophelia: Schools closed and thousands without power

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Trees felled in the storm have blocked roads and train lines

Schools are closed and hundreds of thousands of people remain without electricity in Ireland after Ophelia battered the British Isles.

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

Some 245,000 homes and businesses are without electricity in Ireland, 3,800 in Northern Ireland, 4,000 in north Wales and 1,100 in Scotland.

Warnings of very strong winds remain for parts of Scotland and England.

Three people were killed on Monday in the Republic of Ireland as hurricane-force gusts struck the country.

Father-of-two Fintan Goss, 33, was killed near Ravensdale, County Louth, when a car he was in was struck by a tree.

Clare O’Neill, 58, died when a tree fell on her car in strong winds near Aglish Village in County Waterford.

Michael Pyke, 31, died in an incident when he was clearing a fallen tree with a chainsaw in County Tipperary.

Some 20,000 households are without water in Ireland, and it is expected to take days for electricity to be restored for those without it there.

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Debris and fallen trees will continue to cause problems

The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” wind warning across southern and central Scotland and northern England and travel 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.

Some 1,100 homes are without power in south-west Scotland, but they are expected to be reconnected later on Tuesday.

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

Some train services in northern England have been disrupted as a result of trees falling across railway lines, including on the line between Halifax and Bradford Interchange.

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

Non-emergency appointments at a number of hospitals were postponed in Ireland on Monday as prime minister, Leo Varadkar, warned people to stay indoors 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.

Crews are already working to fix power lines but officials have warned that repairs will take several days, up to 10 in the worst-hit areas.

The Health Service Executive in the country said there had been a significant impact on health services.

And it warned of disruption in the “coming days”, with some cancellations and delays expected to appointments and discharges from hospital.

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Damage caused by Storm Ophelia in Cork

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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