By John Smith • 16 October 2017 • 8:24
Aer Lingus aircraft at Dublin Airport
THE expected course of Hurricane Ophelia will take it across all of Ireland and then on to Scotland and there is a warning from the UK Met Office of possible danger to life.
In response, the Republic of Ireland has deployed its army in anticipation of the need to assist following potential power cuts, fallen trees and blocked roads, whilst schools in both the Republic and Ulster are being closed for the day.
Flights have generally continued as normal early today (Monday) but it is expected that there will be widespread cancellations at Dublin Airport whilst Belfast will decide as Ophelia draws closer.
In addition both Aer Lingus and Ryanair have separately indicated that they intend to cancel certain flights and travellers heading in or out of Ireland would be well advised to check regularly to see whether their flights will be taking off.
By the time that the hurricane heads towards Scotland, it is expected that it will have lost some of its force and will be downgraded to a storm although there will still be sufficient power to cause damage.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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