Hitchcock-Worthy Flock Of Birds Seen As Ophelia Approaches Cork

StoryfulWeatherPublished: October 16, 2017Updated: October 17, 201761 views
Published: October 16, 2017Updated: October 17, 2017

It would have been a moment that Hitchcock would have been proud to have thought of. Only this isn’t a horror movie, it was the real deal and it happened on October 16.

“Ummmm… think they know there’s something big coming?," Sarah Kavanagh‏ wrote on the morning of October 16, as a flock of birds gathered at her house with ex-Hurricane Ophelia fast approaching. Viewers of the clip speculated that the birds were looking for a safe place to wait out the upcoming storm, which has been battering the country with winds exceeding 80 miles per hour.

Met Éireann, the Irish weather service, warned that Ophelia was likely to be the most severe weather event to hit the country in over 50 years. Schools and universities were closed across the country, and travel services were widely disrupted, while more than 5000 homes and businesses were left without electricity.

The UK’s Met office said Ophelia had been downgraded to an ex-hurricane, but would still bring “significant impacts to Northern Ireland and western and northern Britain.” All of Ireland was under a red weather warning, meaning that the storm poses a threat to life.

Ophelia has made its way across the Atlantic, resulting in "exceptional" weather exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

Credit: Twitter/Sarah Kavanagh via Storyful

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