Photos: Storm Ophelia batters UK and Ireland
Huge waves strike the harbor wall and lighthouse at Porthcawl, South Wales, on October 16, 2017 as Storm Ophelia, downgraded from a hurricane arrives in the UK and Ireland. Ophelia ramming Ireland on Monday left three people dead, 330,000 homes and businesses without power, the shutting of schools and the grounding of planes in the country.
Kite surfers brave the winds in Quiberon, western France as gusts of 80 mph (130 kph) were reported. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar urged people to stay indoors until the storm passed with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, warning those outdoors that as tempting as it is to watch tides crashing, it wasn’t worth the risk of being struck by large waves.
Waves batter the coast as Storm Ophelia hits the County Clare town of Lahinch, Ireland. Hurricane-force gusts were reported 30 years to the day after a weather event dubbed the ‘Great Storm of 1987’ battered southern England. Ireland’s National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather warned that the storm is still ‘unprecedented, with serious life-threatening conditions.’
Girls throw leaves opposite the Houses of Parliament during a reddish sky caused by remnants of Ophelia on October 16, 2017 in London. This movement of air from the continent also brought in warmer temperatures, including highs of up to 22 degrees Celsius in parts of southern England, including London.
A man attempts a selfie during storm Ophelia in the County Clare town of Lahinch, Ireland. As the storm moves toward Northern Ireland with more to come Tuesday, workers sealed off the Peace Bridge in Londonderry as a precautionary measure. Flights and ferries were cancelled in parts of Scotland and authorities warned of coastal flooding in the southwest.
People walk through Canary Wharf while the sky overhead turns ochre over London. Apart from the unusual skies, several EasyJet flights to British airports were diverted due to unusual odors on board thought to be associated with the unusual ‘atmospheric conditions’. British Airways had similar reports but operated its flights normally. Officials at Liverpool John Lennon Airport said that the conditions caused some flight redirections.
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