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Battening down the hatches

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Battening down the hatches thumbnailA desolate Coleraine town centre on Monday afternoon. The threat of Hurricane Ophelia has encouraged shop owners to close prematurely. WK42-13TM

RESIDENTS on the North Coast breathed a sign of relief today (Tuesday) after the area escaped relatively unscathed from the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia.
Yesterday weather warnings prompted shops, banks and schools to shut as anxious residents battened down the hatches.
Coleraine became a ghost town with shoppers heading home and the streets becoming deserted after most traders decided to close early.
However, today it's business as usual. But school pupils and staff have an extra day off after the Department of Education announced that all schools would remain closed following advice from the Met Office on the prolonged nature and potential severity of the storm.
Yesterday some cases had to be adjourned by District Judge Liam McNally following a decision to close Coleraine Courthouse at 12.30pm.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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