Hurricane Ophelia update: 176km/h gusts measured at Fastnet Rock, LUAS services suspended and more

A red wind warning has been set nationwide, with the fastest recorded gusts (as of 10am) being measured in Cork Airport at 124km/h and Fastnet Rock, 6.5km offshore at 176km/h.

Transport in Dublin city is coming to a halt with LUAS announcing that all its services have been suspended as of 10.00 until 05.30 tomorrow morning (17th October).

Irish Rail have confirmed that until further notice, no services will be operating in or out of Heuston Station, which includes trains to Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Westport and Galway. Also cancelled are services from Limerick Junction to Waterford, Limerick to Ballybrophy, along with Cork and Portlaoise Commuter lines. However, services in Belfast, Sligo and Rosslare are operating as normal.

Bus Eireann has cancelled all routes as of 05.00 this morning until 14.00 with some services expected to resume in the afternoon.

Dublin Bus have also stated that their services will be withdrawn at 10.00 until 19.00, although further disruptions are being ruled as a possibility thereafter, with delays still expected tonight.

An Taoiseach and Ministers have received briefings by the National Emergency Coordination Group on the Storm and its likely impacts, while regular updates are being broadcast on Irish radio all day.

Further closures include Dunnes Stores, which has confirmed that all of its branches in the Republic and North will remain out of action for all of today. Vodafone too has announced "for the safety of staff and customers" that all of its branches nationwide will be closed today.

In relation to events, MCD Promotions and Aiken Promotions have stated that all events scheduled for this evening will be going ahead as planned. Further updates will be issued later on today.

The Helix, Dublin however, has issued a statement that all scheduled events for today will be cancelled, including Philly McMahon's book launch tonight.

MET Eireann has posted an official announcement that they will be issuing all forecasts for the remainder of the day, since the National Hurricane Centre is no longer forecasting for Hurricane Ophelia.


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