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3 Dead as Ophelia Batters Ireland, UK  10/17 06:11

   LONDON (AP) -- Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and Northern England 
after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in 
Ireland.

   The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves 
surging over coastal defenses and disrupted flights again Tuesday, a day after 
making landfall on Ireland's south coast with gusts of almost 100 miles an hour 
(160 kilometers an hour).

   Britain's Met Office weather service said Scotland could see heavy rain and 
gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph), with winds gradually diminishing through 
Tuesday.

   Schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were closed for a 
second day as authorities assessed the damage from the worst storm to hit 
Ireland in decades.

   Irish authorities said it could take several days to restore power to 
330,000 homes.


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