Hurricane Ophelia brings out the best in Irish humor

As the Irish government begins to access the damage and schools receive confirmation that they will be closed for another school day, Hurricane Ophelia fever is still high in Ireland as the largest storm in decades barrels its way across the country.

If there’s one thing Irish people love, it’s talking about the weather, from the grand stretch in the evenings to the great drying weather and so this monstrous storm has whipped the country into an unadulterated frenzy of weather jokes.

Read more: More classic Irish humor keeps spirits high in the wake of Hurricane Ophelia 

While the worst of the storm has passed most of the country, thousands are still without power and there have been three confirmed deaths, leaving strong warnings in place for people to remain indoors, avoid driving if at all possible, and to stay away from the strong seas.

In order to pass the time while Ireland waits out Hurricane Ophelia, Irish people are sharing their very best jokes to keep spirits up in the face of the destruction.

Read more: Hurricane Opheila claims a third life as winds continue to slam country

We have, of course, had several jokes about just how much Irish people love talking about the weather:

Irish people have never been so happy; 24 hour guilt-free non-stop talking about the weather! #ophelia

— Lisa Smyth (@lisa_smyth) October 16, 2017

And some absolutely stellar puns:

The roof has just been blown off our local cheese making factory. There's de Brie everywhere 😊#HurricaneOpheila #Ophelia

— Joe Dalton (@Jdalton67) October 16, 2017

As the country prepared itself for Hurricane Ophelia’s onslaught, there were, of course, many jokes about how the Irish stock themselves up with food and drink before the winds hit:

Today I realised I married a comedian. Went to Lidl for supplies - he came back with these #HurricaneOpheila

— Roisin (@roisgils) October 16, 2017

Lady beside me in SuperValu shrieked "I FORGOT THE BISCUITS" and pegged back to the choc isle. God I love Irish people. #HurricaneOpheila

— Niamh Trav (@travanagh13) October 16, 2017

I hear that the winds are so strong in some places that it's actually blowing lads into the pub!!!!#HurricaneOpheila

— Dermot Hogan (@dermot_hogan) October 16, 2017

#HurricaneOpheila The Irish Hurricane Survival kit 👌

— Bob (@boblmurf) October 16, 2017

Pantibar is open as normal today, for anyone who wants scream "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!" with the gays. And a pint. #hurricane #ophelia

— Dr Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) October 16, 2017

While others decided to cause a little destruction of their own:

Ophelia is getting out of hand now in Dublin! 💨 #Opehlia #HurricaneOpheila

— Lee Murray (@itsThemuRR) October 16, 2017

Dramatic scenes in Finglas... #HurricaneOpheila

— Ivan Corless (@ivancorless) October 16, 2017

There's always one. #Ophelia

— ciaron clarke (@ciaronclarke) October 16, 2017 

This is my first hurricane so I'm a bit of a novice. When do we start the looting ? #Opheila #Ophelia

— colin o donoghue (@dunnocks74) October 16, 2017

As in every emergency in Ireland, Fr. Ted is always on hand with some classics to sum up the weather. How is it that Fr. Ted can fit into absolutely any situation?

Just another one of the countless little things on the day that's in it..hope everybody stays safe. #Opehlia #HurricaneOpheila

— John Ryan (@JohnRyanIRL) October 16, 2017

Grand day for a game of crazy golf! #HurricaneOpheila

— Fr Dougal McGuire (@DougalMacGuire) October 16, 2017

This previous viral video has re-emerged of an Irish man making up his own disastrous weather forecast:

Irish meteorologists right now #HurricaneOpheila #Ireland

— Brian Moran (@bombermoran) October 16, 2017

But in general, many of the jokes have centered around the very Irish “sure, it’ll be grand” attitude:

#BeSafe and remember to bring the washing in...#HurricaneOpheila

— Nolene Dougan (@NoleneDougan) October 16, 2017

#HurricaneOpheila why is Ireland like this omg hahahahaha

— 🍁Shannon🍁 (@badrepmendes2x) October 16, 2017

UK: The sky is blood. The end of days has come

IRELAND: Oh, there goes another house. Mad craic out there Margaret come look #Ophelia

— Kyle Malone (@BetterOffMalone) October 16, 2017

The schools are off tomorrow as well? My kids have done more damage to the house today than a x hurricane could ever.. #Ophelia

— belfast child (@liamball31) October 16, 2017

Just now on #blarneystreet #Ophelia

— Jamie Crowley (@Jamie23cork) October 16, 2017

WTF a twister just passed my window in Dublin #Ophelia

— Ç (@MaIonePost_) October 16, 2017

When #Ophelia is hitting after 10am but you have an ira meeting at 1pm

— 🔱kev🔱 (@kayjay_official) October 16, 2017

When there's a hurricane on the way but your ready af #Ophelia

— Johnny Fogarty (@johnfogy) October 15, 2017

Of course, we are taking advantage of any opportunity to have a go at the English:

Two people are dead and thousands are without power, but no, please tell me again about your orange sky, British friends. #Ophelia

— Pete Kavanagh (@TheKavOfficial) October 16, 2017

Everyone in Ireland having fun with #Ophelia until the English join in and we’re like ‘We’re all dying, it’s not funny!’

— Leif Scaree 🎃 (@LeifB73) October 16, 2017

People in England - we will read your tweets about the "eerie calm" and "odd reddish light" after we find the roofs of our houses #ophelia

— Declan Lawn (@DecLawn) October 16, 2017

English people tweeting about the hurricane like they’re in it ..fuck off and get your own hurricane .. can’t let us have anything #Ophelia

— EoinItalia90 (@EoinMItalia90) October 16, 2017

As this diagram clearly shows, #Ophelia was created by protestants in some form of sectarian attack

— Eoghan Bradshaw (@Viva_La_Brad) October 16, 2017

Thank you for the new pet #Ophelia

— luisa 🎃 (@itsluisagibson) October 16, 2017

And our very own Irish politicians:

4000 Gardai trying to arrest #Ophelia as Joan Burton has reported it has locked her inside her house.

— RTEbias News (@RTEBiasNews) October 16, 2017

Bill Clinton was spotted earlier today walking the Dublin streets, causing some warnings of his own:

Red Bill Clinton warning in place in Dublin. Women urged to stay off the streets. #ophelia

— WWN (@WhispersNewsLTD) October 16, 2017

Many social media users have also been paying tribute to some of the absolute gallant feats of heroics from the emergency services and even pilots, who are helping everyone stay as safe as possible. Three cheers for this incredible pilot who managed to land in such extreme circumstances:

My parents flight landing @DublinAirport, well done to the pilot of EI491, my heart was in my mouth! #ophelia

— Seán Hassett (@SeanHassett) October 16, 2017

Stay safe, everyone! Share this with someone who you think could use a laugh right now, and let us know in the comment section how you've been getting on. 

And read part II here - More Irish humor keeps spirits high in the wake of Hurricane Ophelia