Hurricane Ophelia is headed toward Ireland and is expected to make landfall on October 16, approximately 9 a.m. local time. Previously a category 3 storm, it has been downgraded to a level 1 system and is expected to further weaken before it makes landfall. Southern and coastal areas are expected to receive strong winds and rain, but the storm is expected to last six to 12 hours and move out by the morning hours of October 17. All IFSA-Butler host universities in Ireland are closed on Monday as a precautionary measure. All universities are reopen on Tuesday.
Our resident office in Ireland has informed IFSA-Butler students of Hurricane Ophelia and advised them to follow any guidance from their accommodation, university or local authorities. Students have also been asked to keep their cell phones and laptops charged in the event of power outages, as well as to keep extra food and water in their apartments. Students have an emergency number that they can use 24/7 to reach a resident staff member.
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