The extratropical low then made landfall in southwestern Ireland, near Valentia Island, with winds of 75 mph (120 km/h), at 11:00 UTC. Hannibal House First of a three part fantasy/sci-fi series. The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland with wind gusts of up to 130km/h, killing at least three people, grounding planes, shutting schools and causing widespread power outages. The tenth and final consecutive hurricane and the sixth major hurricane of the very active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Ophelia had non-tropical origins … [34][35] Other public services would be withdrawn such as Court and District Court services, third-level institutes such as UCC, CIT, University of Limerick, and Waterford Institute of Technology. The island also experienced some minor flooding. Located within a favorable environment, the storm steadily strengthened over the next two day… Hurricane Ophelia (known as Storm Ophelia in Ireland and the United Kingdom while extratropical) was regarded as the worst storm to affect Ireland in 50 years, and was also the easternmost Atlantic major hurricane on record. Fallen trees block a street in Sidcup, Kent, in the aftermath of the Great Storm. An odd and weird science fiction story by Larry Niven. 30,000 people were without access to phone or Internet access. The outlook, which revised the agency's prediction from May, forecast 19-25 named storms (winds of 39 miles per hour or more). Our team of assessors are currently deployed across the country to deal with property damage claims. It started life as a Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic and intensified to become a Major Hurricane on 11 October. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. A TV antenna ended up in our front garden, but I have no idea who owned it. [43][44] In County Tipperary, another fatality occurred when a man was clearing a fallen tree with a chainsaw. Amanda Devlin October 17, 2017 - 9:53AM Our satellite dish is broken, and it’ll be early November before someone can come out to replace it. Sign up now and you’ll get a month free through this link. And it was. The aftermath is expected to cost a lot Using a prior forecast track, Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia, said damages from Ophelia in Ireland could reach $800 million. Check out my Amazon Wishlist! Fortunately, no significant tidal flooding was reported (Niamh et al., 2017). Bus Éireann announced the cancellation of school bus services for the west of Ireland after Met Éireann issued a rare Status Red warning affecting the south western and western counties of Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Mayo and Galway. The wildfires have claimed the lives of at least 49 individuals, including 45 in Portugal and four in Spain, and dozens more were injured. A yellow weather warning for the … [18] It attained its peak intensity simultaneously with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h) and a central pressure of 959 mb (hPa; 28.32 inHg) while located approximately 575 mi (925 km) southwest of the Azores. A red alert was declared nation-wide. Ophelia had top sustained winds of 120 km/h, just over the 119 km/h threshold to become a hurricane, and little change in strength was expected, hurricane centre forecasters said. Hurricane claims. Hurricane Ophelia has hit Ireland and is predicted to be one of the worst storms we have seen in more than 50 years. The tenth and final consecutive hurricane and the sixth major hurricane of the very active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Ophelia had non-tropical origins from a decaying cold front on 6 October. There's even a Snopes article about the film adaptation. Use passphra.se to create a memorable xkcd style password. I post photos at In Photos, Twitter and elsewhere. Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland yesterday and while it was a baby compared to the monsters that ravaged the Caribbean and US it still did plenty of damage and left 3 people dead. Pictures of the aftermath of ex-hurricane Ophelia in College Road and high water levels in the south branch of the river Lee passing through the Brookfield bridge, Cork. Shortly after achieving peak intensity, Ophelia began weakening as it accelerated over progressively colder waters to its northeast towards Ireland and Great Britain. 12.38pm: #Ophelia aftermath: ESB issues advice for customers as more than 215,000 without power Around 216,000 electricity customers are without power after storm Ophelia yesterday. [40], ESB Group confirmed that more than 360,000 customers were without power in the wake of the storm. [3] Although the system lost some of its organization due to dry mid-level air,[4] it managed to develop gale-force winds and a well-defined center. We were without power from just after 11am, then the mobile phone network, Eir, went down, except my wife’s phone was able to go online for minutes at a time throughout the day. One of my favourite Batman stories, and the story the last Nolan film took inspiration from. The Golden Compass [46] Initially, it was estimated that Ophelia would cause €1.5 billion (US$1.8 billion) worth of losses in Ireland, mostly due to the shutdown of economic activities on the day of its passage. [30][31] Issuing such a warning more than 48 hours in advance was "unprecedented," as such warnings are normally issued within 24 hours of the event. Ophelia was a good test of Ballynoe House and the holiday lets, and fortunately there was no structural damage. This morning there was a lovely sunrise, and the sky was a gorgeous mix of blue and soft orange. [36] Aer Lingus confirmed a number of flights from Cork Airport and Shannon Airport would be cancelled, with the likelihood of 50 flights being cancelled. [37] All public transport previously scheduled within the red alert zone were cancelled including bus, rail and ferry journeys. Completing an extratropical transition early on 16 October, Ophelia became the second storm of the 2017–18 European windstorm season. Winds really picked up around 10am, and lasted until after 2pm with driving rain almost horizontal in the wind. With Kyra Phillips, Jacqui Jeras, Susan Candiotti, Rick Sanchez. Pictures of the aftermath of ex-hurricane Ophelia in College Road and high water levels in the south branch of the river Lee passing through the Brookfield bridge, Cork. Parts of the UK braced for impact today, as the former hurricane Ophelia began unleashing its fury. [11] After developing a ragged eye,[12] the NHC upgraded Ophelia to a hurricane at 18:00 UTC about 760 mi (1,225 km) south of the Azores. On 15 October, the weather warning for wind in Northern Ireland on 16 October was upgraded to an amber weather warning. Hurricane Ophelia Mr Pyke died after he was about to do 'a good deed' by clearing a roadway but was hit by a tree ... French electricity crews called in to help Ireland in aftermath of Storm Ophelia. A day later and there are still areas without those basic amenities. [5] Deep convection continued to develop near the center early on 9 October,[6] and the NHC classified the system as Tropical Storm Ophelia at 06:00 UTC, about 875 mi (1,410 km) west-southwest of the Azores. 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The cloud tops warmed due to moderate vertical wind shear,[16] but wind shear decreased shortly afterwards, allowed Ophelia to strengthen once again. The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. Parts of my garden fence blew over too, but that was on it’s last legs anyway! Telecoms services were disrupted too as lines were cut and exchanges and mobile sites ran out of power. [50] The weather warning impact matrix warned of relatively severe impacts anticipated, although with a low level of certainty so far in advance preventing the issuance of amber weather warnings initially. THE sky above Britain turned yellow today after a red sun was created by fatal Hurricane Ophelia. The arrival of Ophelia brought Saharan dust to parts of the United Kingdom, giving the sky an orange or yellow-sepia appearance, and the sun a red or orange appearance. ESB Networks says 169,000 customers remain without electricity in the wake of Storm Ophelia, writes Stephen Barry. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! S torm Ophelia has brought hurricane-force winds to Britain and Ireland, killing one person. On 14 October, it issued a 'Status Red' warning, its highest storm category,[29] for portions of Ireland. So far I’ve backed up 1,384,723MB 4,669,639MB of data in 306,201 1,874,735 files! An orange warning, meanwhile, was put in place for Munster, Galway, and Mayo. Three dead and over 215,000 remain without power as Ireland deals with the aftermath of ex-hurricane Ophelia which hit the island yesterday. I found it hard to put down. Three people were killed as ex-hurricane Ophelia battered the country and people have been warned to remain cautious in the aftermath of the severe winds. A day later and there are still areas without those basic amenities. [17] Its eye became better defined, and the NHC upgraded Ophelia to a Category 3 hurricane at 12:00 UTC on 14 October; at 27.7°W, this was the farthest east that a storm of such intensity had been observed in the satellite era. [2], Met Éireann, Ireland's national meteorological service, reported on 12 October that the storm would reach Ireland. https://www.youtube.com/user/l3en99 What did you think of Hurricane Ophelia? "We looked at photos from satellites and the Finnish weather service confirmed that the smoke and soot of the fires in Portugal and partly the dust from the Sahara reached us," meteorologist Taimi Paljak said. Hurricane Ophelia was downgraded late Sunday night to post-tropical cyclone, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) latest advisory, but can still bring strong winds to Ireland and the UK later on Monday. Along the northeastern coast of Florida, up to 5.04 in (128 mm) o… She died after the car she … Even this stop sign was twisted around by the wind, and mushrooms flattened too.. Two trees were knocked down in the village square, and someone had attempted to drive a car and caravan up that narrow road before getting stuck and abandoning their vehicle! [53] Winds up to 115 km/h (71 mph) were observed in Orlock Head, County Down, at the height of the storm. A … The Aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia. Approximately 50,000 households lost power in Northern Ireland. Storm Ophelia caused almost €70 million worth of damage after it tore across Ireland on October 16th last year.. The Green Party has said lessons must be learned in the aftermath of Storm Ophelia to “better prepare Ireland for more common exceptional weather events in the future”. Before Ophelia made its closest approach to land near the Outer Banks on September 15 and 16, it caused moderate beach erosion along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. ... Hurricane Ophelia uprooted and damaged many trees (October 2017) Ophelia was followed a few days later by “weather bomb” Brian, but it was not comparable to Ophelia, which will be the talk … Around 245,000 homes and businesses are without power today as a result of Ex Hurricane Ophelia while schools remain closed and certain public transport remain cancelled. Three decades on from Great Storm of 1987 Hurricane Ophelia (known as Storm Ophelia in Ireland and the United Kingdom while extratropical) was regarded as the worst storm to affect Ireland in 50 years, and was also the easternmost Atlantic major hurricane on record. [28] The National Hurricane Center's Tropical Cyclone Report on Hurricane Ophelia makes no mention of the fires, thus the associated fatalities are not included as part of the storm total. At the same time, Ophelia drifted several hundred miles southwest of the Azores due to the cut off from mid-latitude westerlies. Did not see that ending coming! What is an intense hurricane ? [55][56], Climate scientist Reindert Haarsma of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute said that climate change is likely to cause Europe to see more hurricanes like Ophelia, as the oceans get warmer, although they were still comparing their model's results (previously reported in 2013) with those from other climate centres. Hurricane Ophelia | Timeline M et Eireann described the storm as the most powerful to have been this far east in the Atlantic. In the central group of the Azores, there were a few instances of light damage, with one home suffering a roof leak. [19] After losing all of its deep convection and becoming attached to a warm front and a cold front,[20] the storm became extratropical at 00:00 UTC on the next day, about 310 mi (500 km) southwest of Mizen Head. [21] Rainfall alerts were also issued for the central group—Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge Island, Pico and Faial. Afterwards, Ophelia's extratropical remnants tracked over Ireland and made its second landfall in Soay, Inner Hebrides with winds of 60 mph (95 km/h), at 23:45 UTC. The Taoiseach has reiterated calls for people to stay indoors as Storm Ophelia passes across Ireland, with the ESB describing it as the biggest and most destructive storm. [2], The hurricane accelerated to the northeast, under the influence of the large mid-latitude trough. I use Backblaze to keep a secure online backup of my photo archive and everything else important to me. Post author By Donncha; Post date October 17, 2017; No Comments on The Aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia; Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland yesterday and while it was a baby compared to the monsters that ravaged the Caribbean and US it still did plenty of damage and left 3 people dead. Hurricane Ophelia – the aftermath. [54], In Tallinn, Estonia, black rain fell because Ophelia brought smoke and the soot of fires to Estonia from Portugal, as well as dust from the Sahara Desert, Report informs citing the Estonian media. The President of the Regional Service of Civil Protection of the Azores, Lieutnant-Colonel Carlos Neves, announced there was no serious damage. High winds downed four trees on São Miguel, three in the Ponta Delgada district and one in Povoação. This CNN Live Event was a special hour airing live on CNN about Hurricane Ophelia as it approached the US and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, after its devastation of Mississippi and Louisiana. Power came back late yesterday evening, as did mobile data, but friends are still without power even now so it’s going to take some time before things are back to normal. [2] The system began to acquire subtropical characteristics on the next day, benefits from warm sea surface temperature of 81 °F (27 °C), thus the National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted for a high chance of tropical cyclogenesis. The story of a Seattle man who visits Wales, and decides to buy a house there. The storm made its third and final landfall in Våge, Austevoll, with winds of 45 mph (75 km/h), at 17:30 UTC, before dissipating over Norway early on 18 October.[2]. Its winds were 185 miles per hour for 37 hours. [32] On 15 October, the National Emergency Coordination Centre and Met Éireann convened to advise the public in relation to the post-tropical storm reaching Ireland. more information Accept. [38] The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government confirmed members of the public should not make any unnecessary journeys especially travelling within the red level warning areas and the department reiterated the storm's potential risk to life. The 25th storm arrived by Oct. 5, with nearly two months still remaining in the season. Tropical Storm Iota threatens to hit Central America as countries recover from Hurricane Eta . Located within a favorable environment, the storm steadily strengthened over the next two days, drifting north and then southeastwards before becoming a hurricane on 11 October. Embedded within a fast southwesterly flow, Ophelia raced to the north-northeast with a speed of 38 mph (61 km/h). (as of 2019-02-02). [15] Ophelia weakened slightly later that day. SUBSCRIBE TO JOIN MY ADVENTURE! The gales pulled Saharan dust north to the UK to create a blanket of orange cloud, with the deadly storms also bringing powerful 130km/h winds — killing three people, The Sun reports. Later in the day I walked around Blarney village and from the far corner of the square got a weak signal from a remote antenna and had just enough connectivity to get a few text messages. Let me know in the comments below! At 20:15 on the 15th, 'status red' was extended to all of Ireland,[32] and all public education services were confirmed as cancelled. 20. I’m Donncha Ó Caoimh and I’m a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. Authorities urged people in low coastal areas to be prepared in light of the 4 pm high tide. [48] Total damage across the country stood at €68.7 million (US$81.1 million).[49]. Fallen trees, branches, pylon… Ex-Hurricane Ophelia was an unprecedented weather event for Ireland with record breaking wind-speeds that prompted a Met Eireann,red level severe weather warning for the entire country. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as Ophelia. It was a Category 5 storm when it made landfall on Barbuda on September 6, 2017. Gusts of 156kmh were recorded off Roches Point! Feeling generous? 19. THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging people to “remain vigilant” in the aftermath of ex-Hurricane Ophelia as many Irish roads will remain treacherous. Ophelia continued to gain strength and … These poignant photos capture the aftermath of many of the most recent disastrous strikes that left all of us, affected and unaffected alike, reeling in its wake and fear-invoking fierceness. On 17 October, the extratropical low turned to the east-northeast, and tracked over the North Sea. Internet access ). [ 49 ] my favourite Batman stories, and decides buy. 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