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Storm Ophelia: Northern Ireland schools to reopen, hospitals back to normal, 850 without power

  • Three killed in Republic
  • 92mph gusts hit south coast of Ireland
  • 151,000 cut off in Republic
  • All schools closed on Tuesday
  • Northern Ireland civil servants hold emergency meeting

By Jonathan Bell, Michael Sheils McNamee, Claire Williamson

Over 50,000 homes and businesses were left without power in the wake of Storm Ophelia in Northern Ireland with some 850 still without electricity.

Worst affected areas include remain in the Newry and Downpatrick areas.

Northern Ireland Electricity said the storm caused "widespread damage" to the network throughout Monday and into Tuesday. The clear up has begun with numerous roads around the country still blocked by fallen trees. Some seaside homes were evacuated and all schools closed.

The Republic faced the full force of the storm with hundreds of thousands cut off and near quarter of a million still without power on Tuesday morning. The storm claimed the lives of three people. A man was killed as he tried to clear a tree with a chainsaw and two others died in road incidents. In a call with Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her sympathies and offered her support.

Schools are to reopen on Wednesday.

 

<< Below is our live blog on how the storm unfolded across Northern Ireland >>

 

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