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The day after Hurricane Ophelia: the slow return to normality

Hurricane Ophelia
Just hours before it hit ireland
Monday 16th 2017

The day after Hurricane Ophelia

The below images taken during on a walk up in the Grange hills between south county Kilkenny and Tipperary are from lunch time today, looking at them its hard to believe that only yesterday, Ireland for the first time ever in its history was hit by a full Hurricane force storm. Yesterday between the hours of 9am for county’s Kerry and Cork and then around 2pm for ourselves locally we had storm force winds of between 150kph and 130kph.

In the Morning the Irish met office via the media had informed everyone to stay inside and had issued a RED weather alert for the complete country, again for the first time in Irish history. In a very impressive way, almost everyone pulled a chair close to the fire and waited for Ophelia to arrive. When she finally did get to county Kilkenny, she did not come calling slowly or with any manners, she just came at us with full force gusts and left some three hours later. We have had two such storms locally since 2014 with storm Darwin back in February 2014, which I posted on back then, Darwin being however just a very strong Atlantic storm. During both these storms you can do little but sit and wait, however listening and looking out of the window is just shocking and basically very hard to do.

In 2014 when Darwin left she left with many of our local forests lying on the floor, as such I think Ophelia had little left to get her teeth into, as its only just over two years in the forests themselves since, the areas Darwin cleared are still empty of trees.

Yesterday evening we had many roads blocked with roadside trees, along with trees down on the river banks and in public parks .

The main effects this time nationally has been the loss of power with some 360,000 homes left without any electric supply, Ireland’s water systems also works mainly from electric water pumps so this supply for many has also been cut off.

This morning the weather had returned to normal , in fact it was a great and clear and sunny day, walking around at lunchtime for me the most noticeable thing is that the trees have all been stripped of any leaves, they have gone from the start of autumn colors to winter nakedness in only 3 hours, it’s really noticeable that instead of yellow and brown leaves sitting by the road sides, having naturally fallen, we have roadsides covered in green.

So Goodbye Ophelia and welcome to a peaceful sunny Tuesday in the Irish landscape, even if we are still in shock and only just starting to recover ……

Gallery from 17th Oct 2017 – the day after Ophelia

10 responses

  1. Still beautiful …

    October 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm

  2. I’m glad you’re okay. I love your land. And your photography.

    October 17, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    • Thank you CM, πŸ™‚ , I will never forget the sound of this storm, there was a deep gowning sound off in the distance like I have never heard in my life before, a noise not from the ground but from the sky, just shocking !!!

      We are lucky, little actual damage and we only lost power for hours , thats amazing by itself !!

      Got out of bed this morning and felt very lucky, when everyone gets their electric back and houses fixed I think most will feel the same, sadly three people did loose their lives – very sad !!

      October 17, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      • I did read this morning about the lost lives. I was so sad about that. I experienced some crazy wind while on Inishmor recently….created quite the dreams because I left the window open so I could hear it!!! I certainly heard it.

        I’m glad you are safe. I hope for the damages to be repaired quickly. I hope the families of the lost lives are surrounded by love.

        October 18, 2017 at 12:32 am

  3. Glad you are safe! We were watching as events unfolded from our side of the world!

    October 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    • Thank you Rebecca :), a shocking three hours but it could have been worse , until the last two storms we have only seen these storms in America , now we have at least a small sense of what we have only been watching all these years.

      Hard to say in full but our weather is changing for sure !

      Thank you for your good wishes πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      October 17, 2017 at 10:31 pm

  4. If I were an Evangelical Christian I would probably suspect that Armageddon is close at hand. Since I’m not, I’ll just say that it’s a tragedy that climate change is now and will continue to wreak such havoc all over the world…

    October 18, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    • Hi Alli πŸ™‚

      Something is going on thats for sure !!

      This is always the time of year that we get the effects of a big Hurricane season , takes a while to work its was across but its with us now for sure 😦 πŸ™‚

      October 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm

  5. I appreciate your observation of bare trees and green leaves on the ground. On a clear, calm, sunny day this could seem so odd, even mind boggling, surreal.

    October 21, 2017 at 1:43 am

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