THE REGION is battening down the hatches as Storm Ophelia bears down on the British Isles - but Bradford has already seen the effect with bizarre orange skies and a distinct odour of burning.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Bradford with gusts of up to 42 mph during Monday and into Tuesday.

And the effect of the storm is already having an impact - today's fog and strange orange tinted skies are the result of dust particles in the atmosphere.

Ophelia's southerly winds have picked up dust from the African desert which has been supplemented by smoke particles from forest fires in Portugal and Spain which are now over the UK.

The odd skies are accompanied by a strange smell - almost sulphurous - as the storm's downdraft creates ozone nearer to ground level.

But don't be too disappointed if you can't smell anything - ozone is usually only detectable by sensitive noses.

The national weather service says it will remain very windy overnight across the region and very strong, gusty winds will continue at first tomorrow, easing through the day.

The former hurricane has already made landfall in the Republic of Ireland where more than 10,000 homes are without power.

Remnants of the hurricane will reach Britain's west coast on Monday afternoon, with gusts of up to 80mph forecast - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

Planes have been grounded at Manchester Airport, with 20 flights cancelled and passengers warned to check ahead.

Ireland was braced for the worst of the weather, with schools closed and around 130 flights cancelled at Dublin airport.

Schools and colleges have been closed in Northern Ireland, which is covered with an amber weather warning - meaning there is a "potential risk to life and property", issued when forecasters believe people need to be prepared to change their plans and protect themselves from the impacts of severe weather.

The storm is expected to move across to Wales, northern England and Scotland throughout Monday.

High winds are expected across the entire region, while a yellow warning is in place for much of Wales, Scotland, north east England, north west England, south west England and the West Midlands.

There's a gallery of pictures at the top of this page, and some more of your pictures are below - use the link to send us yours!

Storm Ophelia is turning Bradford's skies a very odd colour - send us your pictures!

Amar Hussain
Amar Hussain

Maimoona Ishfaq

BLINDING

BLINDING
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Shahida Bibi
Shahida Bibi

Shoqeeb Malik

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Saima Khan

Red sky at 14:04 in Wibsey. The sky went a funny yellow colour and then started to turn orange

Red sky at 14:04 in Wibsey. The sky went a funny yellow colour and then started to turn orange
Joe Rainbow
Red sky at 14:04 in Wibsey. The sky went a funny yellow colour and then started to turn orange
Joe Rainbow

Taken this afternoon

Taken this afternoon
jasbinder Kaur
Taken this afternoon
jasbinder Kaur

Red sun over Shipley College

Red sun over Shipley College
Emily Miller

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Red sun over bcfc

Red sun over bcfc
De'roid Doyle

Beautiful

Beautiful
Hafeza Hyatt

OMG The Sun in Woodside Bradford

OMG The Sun in Woodside  Bradford
Annie Fleming
OMG The Sun in Woodside  Bradford
Annie Fleming
OMG The Sun in Woodside  Bradford
Annie Fleming

The sun is burning🔥

The sun is burning🔥
Mehak Zahra
The sun is burning🔥
Mehak Zahra

Capturing the dusty red sun this afternoon

Capturing the dusty red sun this afternoon
Elizabeth Campbell
Capturing the dusty red sun this afternoon
Elizabeth Campbell

Scary looking Red moon

Scary looking Red moon
Fatima Sheeraz

Bev Stamp

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