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Due to Hurricane Ophelia the National Trust will be closed from 2pm


Amazing red glow in the sky from the sun today over Merseyside from a mysterious weather phenomenon, this is what you call a hurricane sun.

Due to the severe weather warning issued by the Met Office the National Trust in Formby will be closing the property at 2pm today (Monday 16th October). They will reopen once the post storm safety checks have been completed.

If you are on the beach today or plan on going please do be safe.

Some areas of the UK will be hit with winds of up to 80mph (128km/h).

The hurricane will be a storm when it hits the UK, exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

On its way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Ophelia is currently blowing winds of 115mph (185km/h) setting the record for the most eastern category three hurricane in the Atlantic.

Category three hurricanes are defined as having wind speeds of between 111mph (179km/h) and 129mph (208km/h) and can cause major damage to well-built homes.

Though it is forecast to gradually weaken later on Sunday, the US National Hurricane Center said Ophelia would still be blowing hurricane-force winds as it approaches Ireland on Monday.

The Republic of Ireland's Met Office has issued a red warning for counties in Munster and Connacht, predicting that coastal areas will be hit by winds in excess of 80mph (130km/h) from 09:00 BST on Monday until Tuesday.

The ferocity of the hurricane will dissipate before it reaches the UK, but Ophelia's remnants are forecast to bring high winds in coastal areas.

Western England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland will be most affected by the storm winds.

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