Winds of 119 miles per hour were recorded off the coast of County Cork at a place known as Fastnet Rock. Another area of County Cork, Roches Point, saw sustained wind speeds of 69 miles per hour. And once the storm had passed, Ireland took stock of the damage that had been done.
Estimates indicated that due to Ophelia, the country had lost around $1 billion. That was mainly due to the almost total shutdown of the economy while it passed. While the power of the storm was incredible, however, it was unlikely that the insurance pay-outs caused by Storm Darwin in 2014 would be surpassed. But there was another cost to Storm Ophelia as well.
Three people died as a direct result of Storm Ophelia – and all of them were in Ireland. Two were killed when trees fell on their cars. A third died while trying to clear fallen debris. And when the storm had finally dissipated, a resident of Kilnmore Quay, County Wexford, made a grisly discovery.