Three dead in Republic of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia strikes

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Irish Coastguard
Just one scene from the Republic as Hurricane Ophelia strikes

IRELAND has been left devastated in the wake of Hurricane Ophelia as it slammed into the Republic, with at least three dead, officials say.

A woman in her 50s was killed by a falling tree in Waterford, a man in his 30s died in Tipperary while trying to clear a tree with a chainsaw, and a third person lost their life after a tree fell onto their car near Dundalk.

It is estimated that more than 360,000 homes have been left without power as the hurricane moves  towards Ulster.

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