Hurricane Ophelia hit the United Kingdom yesterday, and its 77mph wind gusts led to three deaths in Ireland, while 330,000 people have been left without power.
Train lines have been blocked by downed trees as hurricane winds ripped up the countryside, tearing roofs off of buildings and forcing flights to turn around.
Parts of Scotland’s west coast are under flood warnings, while in England downed trees blocked the train line between Halifax and Bradford Interchange in West Yorkshire.
On Twitter, UK residents have posted eye-popping videos of hurricane winds creating tornadoes, massive waves, whipping water around, and more.
Schools across Ireland remain closed for a second day as authorities start assessing the damage. Ireland endured winds of up to 119mph, which damaged electricity networks and causing disruption.
Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia, told Bloomberg that damages from Hurricane Ophelia in Ireland could reach £1.4billion.
Photos of the damage are being reported now.
As reported yesterday, UK residents saw a red and yellow sky in advance of Hurricane Ophelia lashing the coast with hurricane winds.
Hurricane Ophelia reportedly carried red sand from North Africa and debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal to the UK, where reports of a red sun have come in from Bristol, Devon and Cornwall.
Many likened the red sky to a Martian atmosphere as Hurricane Ophelia swept Saharan dust across the Atlantic, cloaking the sun and creating a vision of red skies across the country.
While many were staying safe indoors, some in Ireland used the hurricane to have some fun.