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A fallen tree is cleared from a road off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast as clear up begins after storm Ophelia. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

A fallen tree is cleared from a road off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast as clear up begins after storm Ophelia. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

A tree blocks a road in south Belfast

A tree blocks a road in south Belfast

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Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A man take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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People take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

People take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

People battle the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

People battle the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Members of the public take photographs of waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Members of the public take photographs of waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city.

Photo by Matt Mackey

Presseye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 The scene on the Albertbridge in East Belfast after the front of a building collapsed as Hurricane Ophelia begins to batter the city. Photo by Matt Mackey

A couple watch waves break on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A couple watch waves break on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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People take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

People take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Waves break on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Waves break on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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A man take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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A woman walks past waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A woman walks past waves crashing on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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People battle the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

People battle the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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A woman braces as waves crash on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A woman braces as waves crash on the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. The tropical storm has made its way across the Atlantic and Ophelia's remnants reached home shores on Monday, resulting in "exceptional" weather - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

A lone busker from Japan faces a tough day ahead as the city centre streets continue to empty. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. A lone busker from Japan faces a tough day ahead as the city centre streets continue to empty. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017

Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia.  Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2017 Belfast City Centre shuts down ahead of storm Ophelia. Business closed their doors with employees being sent home for safety as Ireland north and south braces for the storm. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

A man loads the boot of a car with sandbags to protect homes on the Dublin Bay coast on the outskirts of Dublin on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia.
Schools were closed on October 16 as Ireland braced for an "unprecedented storm", with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life. Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but the Met Eireann national weather service warned people to remain indoors.
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A man loads the boot of a car with sandbags to protect homes on the Dublin Bay coast on the outskirts of Dublin on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia. Schools were closed on October 16 as Ireland braced for an "unprecedented storm", with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life. Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but the Met Eireann national weather service warned people to remain indoors. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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A ship at anchor off of Carrigaholt on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. Niall Carson/PA Wire

A ship at anchor off of Carrigaholt on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Pedestrians pass as dark clouds gather at Dublin Bay on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia.
Schools were closed on October 16 as Ireland braced for an "unprecedented storm", with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life. Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but the Met Eireann national weather service warned people to remain indoors.
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Pedestrians pass as dark clouds gather at Dublin Bay on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia. Schools were closed on October 16 as Ireland braced for an "unprecedented storm", with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life. Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but the Met Eireann national weather service warned people to remain indoors. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman walks her dog in the coastal village of Carrigaholt on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia batters the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. Niall Carson/PA Wire

A woman walks her dog in the coastal village of Carrigaholt on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia batters the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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A man takes a swim at Sandycove, southeast of Dublin on the Irish Sea coast, on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia.
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A man takes a swim at Sandycove, southeast of Dublin on the Irish Sea coast, on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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Empty streets in Kilkee, Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph.Niall Carson/PA Wire

Empty streets in Kilkee, Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph.Niall Carson/PA Wire

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A man takes a swim at the 40 Foot swimming area on the Irish Sea coast at Glenageary, County Dublin, on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia.
Schools were closed on October 16 as Ireland braced for an "unprecedented storm", with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life. 
 / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

A man takes a swim at the 40 Foot swimming area on the Irish Sea coast at Glenageary, County Dublin, on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia. Schools were closed on October 16 as Ireland braced for an "unprecedented storm", with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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A man uses a smartphone camera at the 40 Foot swimming area on the Irish Sea coast at Glenageary, County Dublin, on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia.
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A man uses a smartphone camera at the 40 Foot swimming area on the Irish Sea coast at Glenageary, County Dublin, on October 16, 2017 as Ireland braces for the passing of the storm Ophelia. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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A fisherman looks on at Penarth Pier as Ophelia approaches the west coast of the United Kingdom on October 16, 2017 in Penarth, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

A fisherman looks on at Penarth Pier as Ophelia approaches the west coast of the United Kingdom on October 16, 2017 in Penarth, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

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PENARTH, WALES - OCTOBER 16: A woman photographs the sun rise at Penarth Pier as Hurricane Ophelia approaches the west coast of the United Kingdom on October 16, 2017 in Penarth, Wales. The hurricane comes exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 which killed 18 people and is estimated to have caused £1bn in damage to property and infrastructure.  (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

PENARTH, WALES - OCTOBER 16: A woman photographs the sun rise at Penarth Pier as Hurricane Ophelia approaches the west coast of the United Kingdom on October 16, 2017 in Penarth, Wales. The hurricane comes exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 which killed 18 people and is estimated to have caused £1bn in damage to property and infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

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Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack at a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination group in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 15, 2017. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia Ireland. Weather forecasters are warning of a potential threat to life as Hurricane Ophelia is set to batter Ireland. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack at a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination group in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 15, 2017. See PA story WEATHER Ophelia Ireland. Weather forecasters are warning of a potential threat to life as Hurricane Ophelia is set to batter Ireland. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

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This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Ophelia on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The remnants of Ophelia could bring 80 mile an hour (130 kilometer an hour) wind gusts, disruption and damage to Ireland and Britain as the work week gets underway, weather services said Sunday. (NOAA via AP)

This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Ophelia on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The remnants of Ophelia could bring 80 mile an hour (130 kilometer an hour) wind gusts, disruption and damage to Ireland and Britain as the work week gets underway, weather services said Sunday. (NOAA via AP)

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A handout satellite image captured by the The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellites OLCI instrument on October 11, 2017 and released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on Octob er 15, 2017 shows Hurricane Ophelia over the Atlantic Ocean about 1300 km southwest of the Azores islands.
Hurricane Ophelia strengthened to a Category 3 storm as it passed near the Portuguese Azores archipelago on Octoer 14 on route for Ireland. Five counties in the west of Ireland will be placed on red alert for "severe" weather conditions from October 16 morning to early October 17, the Irish Meteorological Service said. / AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ESA " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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A handout satellite image captured by the The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellites OLCI instrument on October 11, 2017 and released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on Octob er 15, 2017 shows Hurricane Ophelia over the Atlantic Ocean about 1300 km southwest of the Azores islands. Hurricane Ophelia strengthened to a Category 3 storm as it passed near the Portuguese Azores archipelago on Octoer 14 on route for Ireland. Five counties in the west of Ireland will be placed on red alert for "severe" weather conditions from October 16 morning to early October 17, the Irish Meteorological Service said. / AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ESA " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -/AFP/Getty Images

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A fallen tree is cleared from a road off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast as clear up begins after storm Ophelia. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

There was much confusion on Sunday over why two different weather warnings were in place in Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Sunday saw Met Eireann, the Republic's forecaster put in place a red warning - its highest - as Storm Ophelia approached the west coast of Ireland.  Galway Mayo, Sligo and Donegal are all expected to be hit hardest on Monday with winds predicted between 120 (74mph) and 150km/h (93mph).

However, the Met Office upgraded its yellow warning to amber on Sunday morning. It is in place from noon until 10pm, with winds expected around 80mph. Many took to social media, asking how there could be a difference given the weather doesn't recognise a border.

"We should be less focused on the colour of the warning as opposed to the message they carry. They both say there is a potential risk to life," the Met Office's John Wylie told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It should be noted in the south they are expecting strong winds for longer across a wider area."

The weather forecaster said there would be no difference in the weather, but rather how the two different organisations interpret the storm. Essentially Met Eireann based its warning on the wind speed, while the Met Office assess the impact the wind could have.

"We emphasise the impact," continued John.

"Met Eireann base their warning on a threshold basis, whereas we issue warnings based on the impact the storm may have."

An amber warning from the Met Office says you should be prepared to change your plans, whereas a red warning from the nationwide forecaster says you should take action to keep yourself safe.

There has also been confusion over why the storm was called Ophelia. The Met Office explained that as the weather system was originally a hurricane and named in the US, they do not rename it.

John added: "For us there will be increased likelihood of bad weather affecting travel, power and a potential risk to live and property."

The storm is expected to pass by breakfast time on Tuesday with showers and strong winds expected through the rest of the week.

"Although hopefully it won't be as extreme as Monday," added John.

What does Hurricane #Ophelia mean for us in the UK? Here's a look...

Posted by Met Office on Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

Belfast Telegraph