Hurricane Ophelia: Will bring about Closures, delays and disruption

Schools and Colleges: The Department of Education has ordered all schools and colleges to close.
Buses: Bus Éireann have cancelled all services on Monday from 5am to 2pm.
The company said it would review the situation in the morning, and would attempt to provide some level of service in some parts of the country in the afternoon, but it is likely widespread disruption could continue for most of the day.

Cork Airport Management at Cork Airport have confirmed that some 24 Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional schedule flights in and out of the airport on Monday have been cancelled as a result of the Red Weather Alert for Hurricane Ophelia.
Cork Airport Marketing Manager, Kevin Cullinane said that the first three Aer Lingus Regional flights between 7am and 9am are scheduled to depart but all remaining Aer Lingus and Aer Regional flights are cancelled and he urged intending passengers with other airlines to check with the airlines.
Hurricane Ophelia is due to make landfall in Ireland on Monday and is predicted to be one of the worst storms we have seen in more than 50 years.
Shortly after 8pm Met Éireann broadened its status red weather alert to cover the entire country.

The forecast is for the storm to cross directly over the country during day time on Monday bringing gusts of up to 130km/h.
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.”

Heavy rain and storm surges are also forecast which may lead to flooding.
The storm is expected to make landfall in Co Kerry at around 6am and track slowly northwards across the country during the day although all forecasts are subject to change as Met Éireann continues to track the storm.
Counties Kerry, Clare, Limerick, Waterford and Cork are likely to be the first to experience the powerful winds from early tomorrow morning and early afternoon, before the storm moves in a northerly direction across the country.
Cork City Council advised residents and businesses in areas subject to tidal flooding to take measures to protect their property in advance of high tide which is due in the city at 4pm, said the city council

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