Harrogate hit by heavy rain

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Harrogate is braced for heavy rain today as it catches the tip of a huge storm which is battering the south of the country.

Forecasters say the district will largely escape the brunt of the storm, which is unleashing gale-force winds and rain across southern Britain.

But communities across North Yorkshire and the Harrogate district have had some heavy showers and localised flooding as drains try to cope with huge volumes of water.

Fire crews have been called out to incidents across the county caused by high winds, from sky dishes blown from their masts to unsafe chimneys and a tree falling on a car near Huby.

Predictions for the coming hours say the rain will ease over the course of today, brightening up by tomorrow.

The Met Office forecast for Harrogate says: “Heavy rain this morning, clearing away then sunny spells but also some squally showers. Strong winds at times, perhaps damaging gusts for a time early on.

“It will stay windy through the evening and night with further showers blowing through, still on the heavy side, but with clear spells in between. Minimum Temperature 6C.

“There will still be a few showers on Tuesday but winds easing and showers becoming lighter and fewer with longer spells of sunshine developing for most. Feeling cool in the breeze. Maximum Temperature 11C.”