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Second day of school closures in NI after storm

Schools and higher education colleges will be closed on Tuesday. Photo: UTV

All schools and colleges in Northern Ireland are closed for a second day in the wake of Storm Ophelia.

The decision was taken with the safety of students in mind, after strong winds caused damage across the region on Monday.

Three people lost their lives in the Republic of Ireland, while roads were closed, flights were cancelled and thousands of homes suffered power outages.

A Met Office amber warning for wind has now ended, however a yellow warning will remain in place until 3pm on Tuesday.

Forecasters said: “A spell of very windy weather is likely on Tuesday in association with ex-Ophelia.

“Road, rail, air and ferry services might be affected, with longer journeys times likely, and some roads and bridges could close. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“Some damage to buildings such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen.”

On Monday, parents were left scrambling to make last-minute childcare arrangements due to the late nature of the announcement of school closures.

Head teachers were left confused after hearing about the closures on social media, while some families vented their frustrations online over the lack of information.