Wednesday 18 September 2019

Storm Ophelia: Town engulfed in foam as ex-hurricane sparks freak weather phenomenon

Image via Independent News Service wire
Image via Independent News Service wire

Rachael Revesz

Storm Ophelia has caused certain rare phenomena including a red sun and birds swirling mysteriously in the sky shortly before the category 1 storm hit.

Pictures from Cleveleys, Lancashire, have shown another odd happening – an entire town covered in foam.

Due to high winds and foam whipping off the sea, roads and buildings were covered with foam and made driving conditions difficult.

The bizarre occurrence, around six km north of Blackpool, was documented as Ophelia raged over Ireland and the UK, making landfall in County Kerry in west Ireland early Monday morning and pummelling the country with gusts of wind up to 100 mph.

Ophelia was a Category 3 storm as it intensified over the weekend, churning from the Azores across the Atlantic towards the UK.

Although the storm has since weakened, Ireland has been warned to prepare for Storm Brian this weekend.

A yellow weather warning for wind remains in Northern Ireland, southern and central Scotland, north England and north west Wales on Tuesday afternoon.

Three people died in Ireland during the historic storm.

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