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Hurricane-Level Winds Are Ravaging Ireland And Wales

With 99 mph winds and nearly 100,000 people without power, Ireland is facing a quickly escalating severe weather crisis. Update: Wales is facing similarly crippling severe weather and strong winds.

Posted on February 12, 2014, at 12:57 p.m. ET

Powerful winds reaching almost 100 mph are tearing apart areas of Ireland, specifically Limerick and neighboring cities. Nearly 100,000 are currently without power, according to reports.

❗️Probably the scariest picture you will see from #limerick in the wake of #StormDarwin /via @andrewcareylk

Irish Weather News@iWeatherNews

❗️Probably the scariest picture you will see from #limerick in the wake of #StormDarwin /via @andrewcareylk

11:20 AM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Met Eireann, the Irish meteorological service, has issued severe weather warnings. Water levels are rising drastically and this is the second time in less than a month that the area is dealing with serious flooding.

Oh no. RT @zuroph: River bursting banks in #Limerick now #storm #weather

Hugh Linehan@hlinehan

Oh no. RT @zuroph: River bursting banks in #Limerick now #storm #weather

09:59 AM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Winds are so powerful, the brick facades like the one on this pharmacy in Limerick are being torn away.

Flights are being grounded.

Plane gets damaged at @ShannonAirport as wind gusts up to 99mph/159kmph. Photo by Brendan Begley #stormireland

Barra Best@barrabest

Plane gets damaged at @ShannonAirport as wind gusts up to 99mph/159kmph. Photo by Brendan Begley #stormireland

09:47 AM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Trees are being unrooted.

Tree came out of the ground and landed on the club office  #Limerick

Keith Wallace@Wallys_Wonders

Tree came out of the ground and landed on the club office  #Limerick

11:15 AM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The winds are so powerful that they're blowing over trucks on the road.

#TV3Weather Shocking....Truck overturned on Croom bypass in #Limerick by Christian Moretti #StormDarwin

Deric Ó h'Artagáin☀☔@deric_hartigan

#TV3Weather Shocking....Truck overturned on Croom bypass in #Limerick by Christian Moretti #StormDarwin

11:30 AM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Update 2:22pm: 108mph winds have been recorded in Wales and approximately 87,000 homes are without power.

Rebecca Naden / Reuters
Rebecca Naden / Reuters

Update 3:04 pm: A 70-year-old man was electrocuted and killed in Bremhill in the Wiltshire county of England while attempting to move a fallen tree.

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