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16th Oct 2017

One woman confirmed dead in Waterford after a tree fell on her car

Ophelia continues to cause chaos around Ireland.

Updated: 1:15pm.

With winds of 156km/h reported in the south, emergency services are already being put to the test with numerous incidents being reported around the country.

In Waterford, one woman has died after a tree fell on a car at Aglish in the west of the county.

Gardaí have confirmed that the female driver, in her 50s, was fatally injured when the car she was driving was struck by a falling tree. A female passenger, in her 70s, was injured and has been removed to Waterford Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Gardaí urge all road users to remain indoors and not to travel unless your journey is absolutely necessary. Weather conditions in West Waterford and Waterford City are currently described as severe and reports of numerous falling trees due to high winds.

Live footage from Waterford shows increasing winds in the area with very few members of the public seen out of their homes.

It is also being reported that 120,000 homes are now without power as a result of Hurricane Ophelia and her violent gusts.

Those homes were mostly in parts of Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Limerick.