Third Death Attributed to Hurricane Ophelia in Ireland

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Ben Birchall/PA via AP

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s government says schools and colleges will remain closed for a second day as a third death was attributed to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia.

The storm, now categorized as a post-tropical cyclone, caused widespread at least two deaths, damage, disruption after it slammed into the republic on Monday.

Irish Education Minister Richard Bruton announced on Twitter that officials “decided that all schools will remain closed tomorrow.”

The storm’s path has it moving into parts of the UK. Northern Ireland’s Education Authority has also said schools will remain closed on Tuesday.

Workers sealed off the Peace Bridge in the city of Londonderry with tape and sandbags, closing it as a precaution.

Waves break on the sea wall at Penzanze, southwestern England, as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia begins to hit parts of Britain and Ireland. Ireland’s meteorological service is predicting wind gusts of 120 kph to 150 kph (75 mph to 93 mph), sparking fears of travel chaos. Some flights have been cancelled, and aviation officials are warning travelers to check the latest information before going to the airport Monday. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)


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