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Storm Gertrude has had some devastating effects on the country but it nearly claimed the life of one particularly unfortunate household pet. 

The unassuming rabbit was riding out the near-hurricane force winds in his hutch situated in his owners back garden when a particularly strong gust blew the hatch upwards sending the rabbit sailing up onto the roof of the house. 

Bumper the rabbit, who hails from Omagh in Northern Ireland, was found safe but unfortunately rather inconvenienced after finding himself up on the roof. 

Following a call for help, the local fire service arrived on the scene where they managed to coax Bumper with a carrot. 

"Bravo Watch Omagh came to the rescue of Bumper the Rabbit this morning, after Storm Gertrude blew over his hutch catapulting him onto the roof of this bungalow," said a spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. 

"Bumper is now safe in the care of his owner and none the worse for his ordeal. One short extension ladder, one reach pole, and one particularly tasty carrot were used by personnel at the incident."

Great news, but maybe just let the poor bunny inside next time? 



Storm Frank hit Ireland with a vengeance on Tuesday, leaving many families along the south and west coasts of the country in dire straits.

As well as power outages, road closures and gale force winds, hundreds of homes were left severely flooded.

In a touching move, a five-star Cork hotel has opened its doors to those affected by the aftermath of Storm Frank – and his successor, Storm Gertrude.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, the Castlemartyr Resort Hotel said it would do its utmost to offer accommodation to locals in the area who were forced out of their homes due to storm damage.

Due to the flooding in Castlemartyr we would like to extend accommodation to families in need! Please contact Cathal…

Posted by Castlemartyr Resort on Wednesday, 30 December 2015

"Due to the flooding in Castlemartyr we would like to extend accommodation to families in need!

"Please contact Cathal Lynch, General Manager or Castlemartyr Community Council whom we are liaising with!" a post on the luxury hotel's Facebook page stated.

The post has had thousands of likes and shares, with many expressing their delight at the hotel's kindness during what is no doubt an extremely busy time of year.

Yesterday many residents in the south of the country took to social media to share images of just how extreme the weather had become:

Here's hoping our crazy winter weather ends soon.