Storm Ophelia gives London skies a sci-fi makeover


The skies above Sunderland and South Tyneside turned dark thanks to a weather phenomenon. Storm Ophelia is set to harm parts of United Kingdom with winds upto 80 miles per hour.

A red sun spotted in the sky over parts of England has been caused by Storm Ophelia.

A number of people shared photos and video online of the phenomenon.

The Met Office website says: "A red sky appears when dust and small particles are trapped in the atmosphere by high pressure".

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge confirmed the former hurricane is "pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa".

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Added to debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain, the dust is causing light to refract in longer wavelengths, making the sun seem red.

The unusual red sun has been spotted up and down the country and is creating quite a talking point. Ophelia became the 10th consecutive storm in the Atlantic to grow to hurricane strength, which tied a record from the late 1800s, the Miami Herald reports.

Over 360,000 homes and businesses were without electricity with another 100,000 outages expected by nightfall, Ireland's Electricity Supply Board said, describing it as an unprecedented event that would effect every part of the country for days.

Southerly winds are most likely to gust between 55 and 65 miles per hour across much of the warning area, especially in the west.

"It is a very risky storm".