North’s schools advised to close because of ex-hurricane Ophelia




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A map showing Hurricane Ophelia’s path across Ireland. Picture by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)

THE north’s schools have been advised to close on Monday because of the dangers posed by ex-Hurricane Ophelia.

A message posted by the Stormont executive’s Twitter account at 10.22pm on Sunday – and visible only to a limited number of people – said all schools should follow the lead of the Republic’s educational institutions which made their announcement much earlier.

Severe weather warnings are in place across Ireland as the remains of Hurricane Ophelia are expected to hit the island.

Met Éireann issued a red alert across the Republic as Ophelia makes its way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean.

Red weather warnings refer to the most severe conditions, where people are advised to “take action to protect themselves and/or their property”.

The warning is in place from 6am to 11pm, with all areas said to be at risk.

All schools and colleges will close amid fears over the damage the storm…