Two people killed and a trail of destruction left after storm force winds batter Ireland.

Most of Ireland took a poundins from storm force winds resulting in traffic chaos, disruption of vital services, damage to buildings and trees, and the tragic loss of life.

Two people have died as raging winds and hurricane gusts lashed the country. In Dublin's O'Connell Street Majella Ivers a student nurse was blown under a lorry and in Drogheda Michael Stafford was killed by a falling tree.

Flights and ferry crossings were cancelled, and the Dart train service has been limited to between Howth and Dalkey. Trees fell across Dublin blocking roads and bringing down power lines. Part of the roof was blown off Trinity College and Grafton Street was closed temporarily as roof slates were blown off a building. There were a number of properties damaged.

Weather forecasters were kept busy following the course of the storm. Paddy McHugh of Met Éireann describes the strength of the 105 miles per hour winds as very much stronger than those during Hurricane Charlie. 

Charlie Bird reports from Casement Aerodrome where winds are now at over 85 miles per hour and flights have been cancelled all day. These are the highest wind speeds recorded at Casement since records began. 

The highest wind speed recorded today was at Belmullet on the Mayo coast at over 107 miles an hour.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 February 1988. The reporter is Charlie Bird.