Woman in Waterford dies after car struck by heavy branch of tree

One person has died as a result of storm Ophelia and almost 170 thousand homes are without power.

The  Waterford woman was killed after a heavy branch of a tree hit her car this morning.

Hurricane wind speeds of 190 kilometres an vhour have been recorded at Fastnet rock off the south Cork coast.

Schools, universities, small businesses, and some health centres are shut, with many employees being urged to stay at home.

Public transport is being wound down and up to 130 flights have been cancelled – while we’re asked to avoid all non-essential  travel.