It seems that storm Ophelia won’t stop unleashing damage and claiming lives. This is after a man in his early 30s died while they were trying to clear a fallen tree in Co Tipperary.
The death marks the second case that has been linked to storm Ophelia, following the incident of a woman in her 50s who died after a tree fell on the car she was driving in Co Waterford early this morning.
A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí are at scene of a fatal incident that occurred at Ballybrado, Cahir, Co Tipperary at approximately 12.30pm.
“A man (early 30s), while in the course of clearing a fallen tree, was seriously injured with a chain saw. “He has since passed away and his body has been removed.”
The victim succumbed fatal injuries as he was clearing a fallen tree at Ballybrado, Cahir at about 12.30pm. The man’s body has been moved to Clonmel Hospital. The first casualty caused by Storm Ophelia was reported on the R671 near the village of Aglish at 11.40 am. The other victim was a woman passenger who’s in her 70s, she was also taken to University Hospital Waterford with minor injuries.
Technical examinations are still underway after the road was closed to give room for emergency services. The conditions in west Waterford and Waterford city have been described as severe by Gardaí, there are also numerous reports of fallen trees in the area.
Residents occupying the area have been asked to remain indoors and to avoid traveling unless it’s essential. One of Garda spokesman said: “Do not put your life or the lives of the emergency services at risk by travelling unless absolutely necessary. "Please be advised if you require urgent assistance of the emergency services to dial 999."
Several people have taken to social media to pay their respects to the victim. One of the users said: “Careful out there. Sorry to just hear of the tragedy that occurred in Tipperary. Thoughts with you man…”
The other one said: “A man has died in Cahir, Tipperary while in the course of clearing away a tree. RIP. #StormOphelia” Another tweeted: “Sad news. Another #Ophelia death in Tipperary as a man has passed away from injuries he sustained while clearing fallen tree with chainsaw.”
In the meantime, several homes have been left without power, some schools have been closed, after trees fell along the roads, bridges have also been closed on the UK mainland. The remnants of the hurricane hit Britain’s West coast on Monday afternoon, with squalls of up to 80mph.