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18 October 2017, 12:59 | Rex Hubbard
Sandbags have been placed outside some businesses in Tramore Co Waterford
Using a prior forecast track, Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., said damages from Ophelia in Ireland could reach $800 million and $300 million in the United Kingdom.
The Met Office said the areas of the United Kingdom that had seen the strongest gusts on Monday were Capel Curig and Aberdaron in Wales, where they reached 90mph.
A number of weather warnings remain in force across the United Kingdom, with the potential for wind gusts of 70mph in Scotland throughout the day.
The vast majority of those worst hit include around 1500 homes in the greater Longford town area. Our crews will continue to work into the evening but due to the extent of the damage, small pockets of customers in the worst affected areas may be without power overnight.
Irish Defence Force soldiers have been deployed with vehicles and helicopters to help assess damage as thousands of staff from ESB, the Republic of Ireland's electricity network, worked to fix fallen and broken cables.
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Trees and power lines are down across Kerry and Cork as the storm makes its way across the island of Ireland.
Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar on Monday afternoon to offer support.
"This storm is still very active and there are still very risky conditions in parts of the country".
"Every part of Ireland is affected by this", she said.
Met Eireann, the nation's weather service, extended its most severe warning nationwide for the first time ever, with Ophelia bringing winds in excess of 80 kilometers an hour (50 miles per hour) to parts of western Ireland.
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