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Schools close as Ireland prepares for Hurricane Ophelia

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All of the schools in Northern Ireland have canceled their classes on Monday as the country prepares for Hurricane Ophelia, according to the BBC.

Northern Ireland's Department of Education said the decision on school closures was "entirely precautionary".

The Department of Education and Skills said the decision had been made "following discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Eireann on this unprecedented storm."

Ireland's Department of Education took to Twitter to announce the news.

The hurricane is expected to hit Northern Ireland on Monday with winds of up to 100mph.

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