PressTV-Two killed as ‘unprecedented storm’ hits Ireland

Ireland was hit by an “unprecedented storm” on Monday that left two people dead, 120,000 homes and businesses without power and closed every school in the country.

A police spokesman said one woman was killed outside the village of Aglish, near the south coast, apparently by a tree falling on her car.

“It’s a woman in her 50s. A female passenger was injured and is in Waterford hospital. She is in her 70s,” he told AFP.

The police said a man had also died in an accident while he was clearing a fallen tree with a chainsaw near the town of Cahir in the south.

Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc.

The “violent and destructive winds” that hit the south and west would rapidly extend to the rest of the country, the Met Eireann national weather service said.

Flooding was also expected…

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