Ireland closes schools as rare hurricane approaches

Ireland has ordered all schools to close Monday as the country braces for an “unprecedented storm” with the arrival of Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean.

“In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills is now publicly informing all schools, colleges and other education institutions that they are to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October,” the department said in a statement.

The decision followed discussions with the government’s emergency planning task force and advice “on this unprecedented storm” from Ireland’s Met Eireann national weather service, the statement added.

Met Eireann issued a nationwide “status red” alert and warned of “potential risk to lives” when the storm hits daytime Monday.

Article here