OPHELIA

What it looks like when a tropical storm hits Ireland, Wales and Scotland

Post-tropical cyclone Ophelia made landfall in Ireland yesterday (Oct. 16) bringing 120 mph winds and towering waves to its rocky coast. Three deaths have been blamed on the storm.

The storm left behind toppled trees, ripped off roofs and flooded streets. Though Ophelia has not been as fatal or destructive as the massive hurricanes that brought devastation to Texas, Florida and the Caribbean earlier this year, it is Ireland’s deadliest storm in more than 50 years.

An uprooted tree lies in a road as storm Ophelia hits Cork
An uprooted tree lies in a road as storm Ophelia hits Cork, Ireland on Oct 16. (Kieron O'Connor via Reuters)
A woman takes a picture during storm Ophelia in the County Clare town of Lahinch
A woman takes a picture during storm Ophelia in the County Clare town of Lahinch. (Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
National aquarium is seen submerged in floodwater during Storm Ophelia in Galway
The Galway Atlantaquaria National Aquarium of Ireland building is seen submerged in floodwater during Storm Ophelia in Galway. (Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
Winds batter the harbour as storm Ophelia hits Cork
Winds batter the harbour as storm Ophelia hits Cork. (Kieron O'Connor via Reuters)
Winds batter the coast as storm Ophelia hits the County Clare town of Lahinch
Winds batter the coast as storm Ophelia hits the County Clare town of Lahinch. (Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
The roof of a thatched cottage starts to blow off as storm Ophelia hits the County Clare village of Spanish Poin
The roof of a thatched cottage starts to blow off as storm Ophelia hits the County Clare village of Spanish Point. (Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
Storm Ophelia in Ireland
A woman films Storm Ophelia battering the Atlantic coast of Ireland in Lahinch village, County Clare. (EPA/Aidan Crawley)
Winds batter the coast as storm Ophelia hits the County Clare town of Lahinch
Winds batter the coast as storm Ophelia hits the County Clare town of Lahinch. (Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

Ophelia also passed through portions of Britain. As of Tuesday morning, the storm was moving through Scotland.

Large waves crash along sea defences and the harbour as storm Ophelia approaches Porthleven in Cornwall, south west Britain
Large waves crash along sea defences and the harbour as storm Ophelia approaches Porthleven in Cornwall, south west Britain. (Reuters/Toby Melville)
Waves crash over the lighthouse as storm Ophelia passes Porthcawl, Wales
Waves crash over the lighthouse as storm Ophelia passes Porthcawl, Wales. (Reuters/Rebecca Naden)
A police officer stands next to a fallen tree as storm Ophelia passes Sale
A police officer stands next to a fallen tree as storm Ophelia passes Sale, Britain. (Reuters/Phil Noble)
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