Ophelia storms the Emerald Isle, turns sun red in Britain

Hurricane Ophelia
This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Ophelia, top center, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at 21:00 UTC. The remnants of Ophelia could bring 80 mile an hour (130 kilometer an hour) wind gusts, disruption and damage to Ireland and Britain as the work week gets underway, weather services said Sunday. (NOAA via AP)

The remnants of erstwhile Hurricane Ophelia gave Ireland a beating Monday, with at least three deaths reported, along with significant property damage.

“People should remain indoors for the duration of the storm,” declared Met Eireann, the Irish national weather service.

Hurricane-force winds of over 80 mph were recorded at the Roches Point lighthouse on the southern coast, and gales were inciting James Joyce’s “dark mutinous Shannon waves” with “storm surges along some coasts,” the agency said.

Along with “violent and damaging winds,” the Irish weather service also warned of “spells of heavy rain and thunderstorms.”

Thousands were without power and the wind blew roofs off structures, including a soccer stadium.

The center of the storm was forecast to pass over the southwest coast, with the strongest winds to the east and south of the center.

Some people, however, were not listening to instructions and a video showing a man jumping from a diving platform into the raging Atlantic went viral in Ireland.

Across the Irish Sea, residents of England and Wales were seeing a red sun, the BBC reports.

BBC meteorolgist Simon King said the phenomenom was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara as well as smoke from forest fires raging in Portugal and Spain.

Ophelia was the 10th hurricane, and 15th named storms in the Atlantic Basin in the 2017 season. On average the basin has experienced five hurricanes and nine named storms by Oct. 15.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center says a 16th storm might be brewing: An area of low pressure, related to showers and thunderstorms,  has a 40 percent chance of gathering the 39 mph winds needed  to earn a name this week.

Only 45 more days before the Atlantic season ends.