Storm Ophelia arrived as promised today, causing disruption through out North Wales, which included disruption to schools, travel and council services.

Damage has been caused to properties and trees and telegraph poles have fallen across the region, a tree also fell on a car in Bangor, there were no reports of any injuries in the incident.

Red sunrise over Bangor

The day started with a red sunrise over Bangor caused by Ophelia dragging Saharan dust with it, temperatures also hit 22 degrees as the winds built up gradually throughout the morning.

As the winds increased the decision was taken to close schools in Bangor at lunch time, to ensure children could travel home safely before the storm peaked during the mid-afternoon, Bangor University also cancelled lectures this afternoon in anticipation of the storm.

Pontio theatre will also be closed this evening, with films and performances being cancelled, Gwynedd Council took the decision to close Bangor Aquatics and Healthy Lifestyles Centre early and the recycling centre at Llandegai also closed early for safety reasons.

Met Office ‘Amber’ Warning

The Met Office had upgraded their weather warning on Monday morning for North Wales to ‘Amber’ From: 1200 on Mon 16 October To: 2300 on Mon 16 October

The warning read: “Flying debris is likely, such as tiles blown from roofs, as well as large waves around coastal districts with beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties. This leads to the potential for injuries and danger to life.”

North Wales Police closed the Britannia Bridge shortly before 5pm due to the adverse weather, although Menai Suspension Bridge remains open.

Due to the adverse weather conditions police advised motorists only to travel if absolutely necessary.

Red Sun Over Bangor

Red Sunrise over Bangor this morning caused by Ophelia dragging Saharan dust with it – Photo Keith Jones