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OPHELIA

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

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

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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.

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

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

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