Hurricane Ophelia: Harrogate turns a bit red

With Britain braced today, Monday for the arrival of Hurricane Ophelia, the question is what effect will it have on the Harrogate district and North Yorkshire?

Monday, 16th October 2017, 3:01 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 10:01 pm
Storm - Are these the sort of scenes we can expect in North Yorkshire later today?

Well, it's already lending the town a sinister, ghostly air - quiet, lifeless sky with a red glow from the sun.

The BBC is saying the red glow is due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

It is already a bit dark and grim looking out there and both the Met Office and the BBC Weather Centre have issued a yellow warning for the area today in our area.

That's the lightest in the scale of three coded warnings but it still implies wind speeds of between 40 and 50mph.

The forecasts for the Harrogate district, which have been out slightly out before, say the winds won't hit our area until 5pm tonight.

The storm will continue to batter us all through the night into tomorrow, Tuesday, before easing as lunchtime approaches.

Or that's the 'plan', at least.