Warnings issued as ex-Hurricane Ophelia arrives

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for much of the country.

Gale-force gusts are forecast to hit Richmondshire this afternoon as ex-Hurricane Ophelia heads east across the country.

Gusts of up to 60mph are predicted in the district and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning urging people to be prepared for possible power cuts, damage to buildings and disruption to road and rail networks.

The warning covering North Yorkshire starts at 12noon today and lasts until 3pm on Tuesday.

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According to the forecast, the wind will pick up throughout the morning with the strongest gusts coming late tonight early Tuesday morning,

The Met Office said: “A spell of very windy weather is likely on Monday in association with ex-Ophelia. Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journeys times and cancellations possible.

“Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs could happen, perhaps leading to injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

“Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray and/or large waves.

“The warning has been updated to extend the area at risk further east, taking in much of northern England and Wales along with parts of southern and central Scotland. At the same time, much of northwest Scotland has been removed.