The sky turns orange and yellow in Brittany Monday, Oct.16, 2017 in Chasne-sur-Illet, western France. Photo: David Vincent / AP

The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland's west coast Monday afternoon, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall to the region. So far three people have been reported dead as a result of the storm, per BBC.

Red alert: Met Éireann, Ireland's National Meteorological Service, put the entire country on red alert Sunday evening, warning that there was a "danger to life and property" due to the storm's "violent and destructive" winds. The alert will remain in place until Tuesday at 1 a.m. BST.

The latest:

  • About 360,000 homes and businesses in the Irish Republic, 1,800 in Northern Ireland, and 4,000 homes in Wales are without power, per the Belfast Telegraph.
  • The Irish government has deployed the army to aid emergency responses in coastal counties. Irish bus and tram services have been suspended, per the BBC.
  • "Violent and destructive" wind gusts of 109 miles per hour were recorded at Fastnet Rock, off the coast of Cork, according to Met Éireann.
  • In several areas throughout the U.K., skies have turned orange and yellow as a result of the storm pulling in tropical air and dust from the Sahara. Hundreds of photos of the "red sun" were shared on social media.

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Deadly storm Zeta pummels parts of Alabama and Florida

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Tropical Storm Zeta has killed at least two people and caused mass power outages after making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," Zeta weakened to a tropical storm over central Alabama early on Thursday, but it was still packing powerful winds and heavy rains, per the National Hurricane Center.

Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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