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Ophelia disrupts Ireland flights

Satellite image of a hurricane

Storm Ophelia threatens to batter northern parts of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with winds of up to 80mph today (October 16), causing many flights to and from multiple airports to be cancelled.

Airports and carriers across the island are pulling flights as the Met Office issues warnings of “potential danger to life”. An amber warning is in effect for Northern Ireland later today, while a red wind warning has been issued in the Republic of Ireland.

Dublin airport says that while most flights will operate as normal this morning, up to 125 services to and from the airport have been cancelled later in the day due to the expected impact of Ophelia. Aer Lingus, Ryanair, BA, Air France, Cityjet, Emirates and KLM have all axed some services as a precaution and any passengers due to fly from the hub are advised to check their flight’s status before travelling.

In Cork, information boards show a long list of cancellations, however the airport is still open as not all carriers have called off services. Passengers are strongly advised to check the status of their flight before travelling to the airport. Meanwhile, a notice on Belfast airport’s Twitter account says it’s business as usual at the moment, but customers should check with their carrier before leaving.

Services are expected to be largely unaffected elsewhere, however Ophelia is expected to continue travelling across Scotland on Tuesday so passengers should continue checking the status of their flight as the storm progresses.

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