3 killed as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK

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STRONG gusts of winds are expected to hit North Wales when the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK.

The warning states: "A spell of very windy weather is likely on Monday in association with ex-Ophelia".

A forecaster said: "The southerly winds will strengthen through the day, particularly over the hills and towards coasts with damaging wind gusts".

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By the time Ophelia reaches Scotland, however, the Met Office says it will be downgraded slightly to an ex-hurricane.

Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs could happen, perhaps leading to injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

"However, Ex-Ophelia will be bringing some significant impacts to Northern Ireland and western and northern Britain on Monday and Tuesday".

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"This is entirely precautionary, however given the weather warnings and the fact that the most severe weather is forecast for when pupils are due to be leaving school, the Department believes that this is an appropriate response", said Stormont officials last night.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office - meaning severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you - remains in place for Cornwall and the South West this afternoon.

The rest of the United Kingdom will see breezy conditions during this time, but wind gusts are not expected to bring widespread disruption.

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