Storm Ophelia batters parts of U.K. after leaving 3 dead in Ireland

LONDON — Storm Ophelia battered Scotland and northern England on Tuesday, after leaving three people dead and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes in Ireland.

Scotland experienced widespread disruption with flights and ferries cancelled as the storm brought winds of up to 80mph. Yellow weather warnings  — one step below red — were in place in various parts of Scotland as the remnants of the Atlantic hurricane brought high winds and heavy rain.

The warnings mean commuters should plan for more possible travel delays and disruption. A number of flights were cancelled.

In Ireland, one man was killed when the car he was travelling in was hit by a tree Monday. A 31-year-old man died in an accident involving a chainsaw on the same day as he tried to remove a felled tree, and a woman died when a tree fell on her car.

In London, people marveled at an orange sky and red sun Monday. Forecasters said the storm pulled smoke from wildfires in southern Europe and dust from the Sahara Desert, causing the unusual glow.

Schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were closed for a second day Tuesday as authorities assessed the damage from the worst storm to hit Ireland in decades.

Irish authorities said it could take several days to restore power to 330,000 homes.

Contributing: Victoria Weldon, The (Glasgow) Herald Scotland; The Associated Press