Storm Ophelia has rocked the nation leaving a trail of death and destruction as people awake to a calmer quiet day.
At time of writing 450,000 people are without power but authorites expect that figure to increase to half a million. 3 people have lost their lives and thousands of trees have been knocked down. Over 100 flights were cancelled yesterday.
Farmers around the country are now counting the costs of the storm. Many co-op’s have called off milk collection until it is safe to do so.
Schools have been closed for a second day both north and south.
The storm made landfall at 6am yesterday morning becoming in the process the worst since a 1961 storm which claimed over a dozen lives. Farmers have not been immune with many reporting shed roofs blowing off including those of former Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
Thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged and emergency crews and ESB services are now on clean up operations.