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Country braces itself for ‘violent and destructive’ ex-Hurricane Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia is due to make landfall in the south of the country this morning and is expected to be one of the worst storms to hit Ireland in more than 50 years.

The forecast is for the storm to cross directly over the country throughout the day bringing winds of up to 130km/h.

SDCC are having an emergency Ophelia co-ordination team meeting at the moment and all SDCC parks, libraries, sports and community facilities are closed to the public today.

Met Éireann said “violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon.”

Met Éireann released the approximate time when the storm will be at its height in various parts of the country with Dublin and the rest of Leinster due to be hit at around 1pm.

Dublin Bus is suspending all services from 10am to 6pm and the company said the safety of its customers and staff “is of paramount importance”.

They also say they will continue to monitor the situation and are advising passengers to check their app before heading to bus stops.

Currently there are no plans to stop the Luas running but this could change later in the morning.

There are up to 140 flights cancelled from the country, Bus Eireann has announced all its school services are shut and an Garda Siochana have urged cyclists not to go out on their bikes today.

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