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    Rare North Atlantic Hurricane Ophelia Rolls in

    Hurricane Ophelia, a rare storm for the North Atlantic, was expected to bring high winds and rough seas to five western counties of Ireland this weekend.


    Ophelia, strengthening offshore near the Azores Islands, was a Category 3 storm, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. It had top sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (115 mph) and was expected to produce total rain accumulations of up to 10 centimeters (4 inches) over the southern Azores.


    Seven of the nine islands of the Azores were on red alert as ordered by regional civil protection services. The islands were expecting heavy rainfall overnight.


    The 245,000 people who inhabit the Azores were told to stay inside while the storm passes.


    Ophelia was expected to wind down slightly before reaching Ireland as a tropical cyclone on Monday. Five counties were placed on red alert for severe weather conditions on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Irish Meteorological Service.


    Ireland, which only rarely sees hurricanes, was expected to endure winds in excess of 130 kph (80 mph) on Monday.


    Coincidentally, Monday will be the 30th anniversary of what has been nicknamed the Great Storm of 1987, a hurricane that took down 15 million trees in Britain and killed more than 20 people in Britain and France together.


    https://www.voanews.com/a/rare-north...d/4070602.html

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    I remember the weather man Michael Fish saying there wasn't going to be a storm the day before it happened live on TV.
    A famous mistake.
    There's a video of him somewhere.
    Caused a lot of damage 30 years ago and a lot of roofers got rich.

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    Ophelia's position is the farthest east that a major hurricane has traveled in the Atlantic. The previous record was held by Hurricane Frances in 1980, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink. Frances formed off of the northwest coast of Africa near Senegal, according to an archived National Hurricane Center report. Frances never made landfall.
    More climate records fall. Hurricanes hitting Ireland now. Amazing.

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    Strange days indeed.

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    https://www.windy.com/?47.725,3.604,4.

    It does actually do forecast if you slider the slider across.

    Yep, climate deniers hang your carbon-soaked heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    A famous mistake.
    An old joke: the clerks from Weather Forecast Service picking up their umbrellas when going home, saying: "You never know..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    high winds and rough seas to five western counties of Ireland
    Bollox.


    Own a house in Co. Kerry.

    Hope I still do in a few day's time.

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    Ophelia rolls in

    Latest blow in on the Cliffs of Moher , the tail of a hurricane

    Courts closed
    Buses off
    Muff flattened
    Bantry at Bay
    Father Fromrealuty blames gay hindus
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/envi...hits-1.3257434

    Hurricane Ophelia: 120,000 without power as monster storm hits

    Storm hits the southwest with winds of over 150 km/h and is moving across the country

    about 6 hours ago Updated: 24 minutes ago
    Patrick Logue, Seán Dunne



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    An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar briefs the media on the latest from Hurricane Ophelia. Video: Ciarán Fitzgerald/Merrion Street









    Some 120,000 homes are without power on Monday as Hurricane Ophelia sweeps in over Ireland with damaging gusts and heavy rainfall.
    Members of the public have been advised to stay inside and not to make unnecessary journeys as the worst storm the country has seen in more than 50 years passes over. Public transport services have been cancelled countrywide and there have been a series of road closures, including the M8 motorway.
    As of 12 noon, approximately 120,000 electricity customers were without power, with the main areas impacted in the southern half of the country including Counties Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Limerick. There are widerspread reports from the counties of fallen trees and blocked road with the extreme weather moves through the southwest and southeast.
    The storm winds have hit the south-west and south Leinster and are moving quickly up across the country. Met Éireann is warning that violent and destructive gusts of 120km/h are expected countrywide and that winds could exceed these value in some exposed and coastal areas. It has reported gusts as high as 156 km/h at Roches Point in Cork .
    “ The most severe winds over Munster and south Leinster at present will extend quickly to the rest of the country this afternoon,” according to Met Éireann.
    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked people to stay where they are - either at home or in work - as the country deals with the storm. Mr Varadkar was speaking at a press conference ahead of a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Committee in Dublin.
    The public have been advised to stay indoors and the Government’s crisis management committee, the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, met this morning and warned against all unnecessary travel.
    The Irish Times has disabled its subscription meter, allowing unlimited access for 24 hours. Join us throughout the day for full coverage of the storm as it passes over Ireland. Our Ophelia liveblog is here.
    Met Éireann extended a red level wind warning to the whole country warning Ophelia would pass directly over Ireland during daytime delivering “violent and destructive gusts” in all areas.
    The storm hit the south west this morning with fallen trees, closed roads and thousands left without power. All bus services have have stopped as well as inter-city rail and commuter services out of Connolly, including the DART, will stop at 2pm.
    The severe weather warning runs until midnight on Monday.





    The path of the former hurricane has shifted slightly to the west and the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami has said the worst hit areas will be Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.
    Head of Corporate Affairs for ESB, Bernardine Maloney has urged members of the public not to ring the ESB unless it is an emergency. The ESB are urging members of the public to not ring in to report a power outage unless they are encountering an emergency.
    “To report an emergency people can ring 1850-372-999. Do not approach any fallen lines, people sometimes think they should clear them off the road or to wrap them up or kick them to the side. They shouldn’t as they are live wires and dangerous.”
    Most public transport services were cancelled as the storm took hold and many employers did not expect workers to show up today.
    Schools closed
    The Department of Education said all schools, colleges and other institutions would stay closed on Monday. All schools in the North have also been advised to close, according to the Stormont press office while Ibec has urged all businesses to “minimise the movement of their employees” on Monday.
    Red weather warnings refer to the most severe weather conditions, in which people are advised to “take action to protect themselves and/or their property”.
    An Garda Síochána has urged people not to make any non-essential journeys and to avoid cycling, while the Coast Guard has advised extreme caution on Monday and urged people to avoid any visits or walks to coastal or cliff areas.
    The Government’s National Emergency Co-ordination Centre in Dublin opened at 6am. In a statement it said the full resources of the Defence Forces were available and homeless service providers would keep their premises open throughout the day.
    It released the following advice:
    - All unnecessary travel should be avoided today, while the storm is passing.
    - Don’t travel during the height of the storm unless absolutely necessary.
    - Listen to local radio and national media broadcasts regarding the current weather situation.
    - High seas predicted, the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period.
    “- Very strong winds are predicted making driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrian’s, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.
    - Given anticipated weather conditions, today is a no bike day.
    - Power outages are likely to occur in certain parts of the country, with contingency planning activated by the ESB. The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850372999.
    - Bus Éireann’s schools transport services will not be operating today. Because of the duty of care owed to children and to avoid the risk arising from travelling, the Department of Education and Skills has instructed all schools to act on the Department’s advice and remain closed. Crèches and Montessori facilities should also remain closed today.
    - People are asked to check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours today in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed.
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    Ah David, before you copy and paste into this site paste into word, highlight the text then change color to automatic, highlight again then copy and paste into this site.

    Do that and everyone can read the text.

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    Some poor bird in her 20's was killed when her car got crushed. My town is like a ghost town out, and it's just pissing it down, no lairy winds or any thing though.

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    Indeed, hope the family's 300 acre pine tree forest in Waterford is still rooted.
    Was hoping for a few more years growth before retiring.

    Meanwhile in the north of England it's bbq weather, might be the last barbie of the year.

    Funny things, the birds are going mental and all the leaves dropped of the trees.Definitely something big brewing.

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    Here in Derry the schools are all closed and the wind is picking up , but all is ok I've a cup of tea and a packet of jaffa cakes ,

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    Even here in the South of England, a long way from the chaos in Ireland, the sky is an evil pissy colour and the wind is getting pretty fierce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post
    Derry
    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post
    jaffa
    Hmmm.....

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    Bit windy here but nothing too excessive, quite warm aswell t-shirt weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Hmmm.....
    Green and orange in harmony, lets be positive he could've inserted a carrot in a leprachaun. Fairplay if you gotta live in stroke you deserve a biscuit

    https://www.worldweatheronline.com/muff-weather/donegal/ie.aspx




    Muff, Ireland Current weather report, Muff, Ireland, Donegal, Ireland

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    Not much wind in Sussex but we've been Tango'd all afternoon.

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    Its got very dark and windy here. No rain although that must be coming later.

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    Red Sun foreplay caused by phenomenon Hurricane Ophelia..



    450,000 homes and business in Ireland are without power and about 4000 in Wales, the rest will get by as usual with candle light and a sheep to keep them warm.

    Death toll is rising with 3 so far in Waterford, RIP.

    England is getting hit now with increasing winds but no rain yet..


    A trampoline was blown from Cork to Oz...


    Flights are grounded and breaking news just in......

    Chitty's Thai Beach bungalow shed/general crap storage facility has had it's fooking doors blown off!
    (excuse the blurred pic as it's a bit windy out)



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    Surfers today on the west coast of Ireland, radical man....







    Surfers watch as waves approach in the Atlantic on the eve of storm Ophelia in an area where the tide should be out in the town of Lahinch, County Clare.



    An amber warning for high winds is in force in Northern Ireland until 23:00 BST.
    The worst of the weather is expected to continue into Monday evening, with winds of up to 80mph (130km/h) forecast.
    A red weather alert is in place across the Republic of Ireland, meaning there is a danger to life.










    EU support after Ophelia
    Fine Gael Senator and spokesman on EU Affairs Neale Richmond has said the EU Solidarity Fund will be vital for the post Hurricane Ophelia recovery efforts in Ireland.
    The fund was set up in 2002 following severe floods in Central Europe and its primary function is to provide financial aid to disaster stricken regions across Europe.
    "Given the huge amount of damage inflicted across the country by Hurricane Ophelia, Ireland will be eligible for such funds,” said Mr Richmond, adding that an application for support must be received by the European Commission within 12 weeks of any disaster occurring.
    "This not a rapid response tool but it will be vital to the post storm recovery and I have no doubt the Government will apply to draw down these funds once the initial emergency and relief measures are attended to."

    Ruddy Brexit! I could have claimed for a new shed door
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    UK is still EU so apply.
    Great shot of St Marys Penzance from Reddinnick end.
    An Leacht was a stones throw from my early years in Connacht and Munster, those surfers must be crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
    Ah David, before you copy and paste into this site paste into word, highlight the text then change color to automatic, highlight again then copy and paste into this site.

    Do that and everyone can read the text.
    No need to do all that. Paste into the thread, highlight, and change colour to white before hitting "post"

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    Or simply hit the 'remove format' button.


    People do like to complicate things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    'remove format' button
    Where dat?

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