A freak tornado has been sighted off the west coast of England.
The spot came as Saharan dust was swept across parts of the UK by Storm Ophelia.
A photographer caught the image over rooftops in the tiny village of Caton.
“Tornado alert – an image of what looks like a twister taken over Caton,” the Twitter account Morecambe Bay posted.
The picture was uploaded after a day of unusual weather conditions, reports the Mirror.
Three people have now died in fierce winds brought on by the passing of storm Ophelia over Ireland.
A woman died earlier this morning when a tree fell on her car in Aglish, Co Waterford.
Since then, a man in his 30s died after being injured by a chainsaw while clearing a fallen tree in Ballybrado, Tipperary.
A car passenger in her 50s died in Waterford when 80mph winds caused a tree to fall on her car in Aglish, Co Waterford, in the south-east of Ireland. The incident happened late this morning, at 11.40 am.
The driver who was in her fifties was pronounced dead while on root to the hospital and another passenger, in her seventies, was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital with minor injuries.
A third person has been reported killed in the storm shortly before 4pm.
A spokesperson for the local Gardaí took the opportunity to inform residents of the Waterford area that there have been numerous reports of falling trees and he urged people to stay indoors and only to travel if completely necessary. The Gardaí stand by their warnings as storm Ophelia claims its second victim.
There have been other reports of a roof being blown of a gym at a local school in Cork and damage to the roof of Cork City’s football ground.
These tragic events in Waterford and Tipperary bring back memories of the untimely death of Stafford resident Tahnie Martin earlier this year in Wolverhampton when a piece of debris flew of a building in the wake of storm Doris.
The paramedics response to this incident were broadcast for the first time on BBC1’s documentary-drama Ambulance last week.
Ms Martin, aged 29, was hit by the rotten timber falling from the roof of a six-storey building in February.
Scotland is braced for gusts of up to 70mph and flood warnings are in place on its west coast as the remnants of the hurricane continue to batter the British Isles.
Signs of further impacts began to emerge ahead of the Tuesday rush hour as operator Northern said several trees were blocking the line between Halifax and Bradford Interchange.
There was a further report of a landslip on the line and commuters were warned poor road conditions could further hit rail replacement services.
Trains were also unable to run between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow station in Cheshire after a tree fell on overhead electrical wires.
Virgin Trains said a tree blocking the railway at Lockerbie was causing disruption to journeys and work was underway to remove it.
Meanwhile, schools on both sides of the Irish border will remain closed for a second day as authorities begin to assess the damage.
Ireland experienced the worst of the weather on Monday, with winds of almost 100mph damaging electricity networks and causing widespread disruption.
One man was killed in Ravensdale, Dundalk, when a car he was in was struck by a tree at around 2.45pm, gardai said.
He has been named in reports as Fintan Goss, 33, who was a father-of-two, according to the Irish Independent.
In Cahir, Co Tipperary, a 31-year-old was killed in a chainsaw accident when he was trying to clear a tree downed by the wind.
He has been named locally as Michael Pyke.
Earlier, a woman driver in her 50s died when a tree fell on her car in strong winds near Aglish village in Co Waterford.
The Irish Independent reported the victim was former oncology nurse Clare O’Neill, who was due to celebrate her 59th birthday on Tuesday.
The Met Office has reduced the area covered by a yellow weather warning, but has still said a spell of ” very windy weather is likely”.
Their forecast added: “Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen.”
Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland, northwest England and northwest Wales are no longer covered by the warning, but south west Scotland, parts of north east England and Yorkshire are still subject to the warning.
Forecaster Steven Keates said commuters should expect “very gusty conditions”, with winds of up to 70mph.
He said: “The strong winds will continue but should moderate a little bit compared to what we have seen.
“There’s still a risk of gales and it’s still strong enough to cause disruption, but a little bit down on what we have seen.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar on Monday afternoon to offer support to affected areas.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “On Storm Ophelia, the Prime Minister expressed her sympathies for the loss of life and said the UK Government stood ready to provide any support if requested.”
Around 330,000 homes and business were still without power on Monday night following the worst storm on record on the island of Ireland.
Help from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is expected to be drafted in on Wednesday to help restore power, ESB, the Republic of Ireland’s electricity network, said.
Police Scotland said a number of homes in Dumfries and Galloway have lost power but all major roads in the region remain open despite fallen trees and branches disrupting some routes.
Meanwhile the roof of a scout hut i n Castle Douglas was blown off and there have been reports of collapsed scaffolding in Dumfries.
A force spokesman said: ” At this time we have no reports of anyone being injured in the region.
“A number of homes in the region have remained without power overnight and efforts are underway to bring power back to those affected.
“In this regard communities are asked to check on those who might be described as vulnerable neighbours and, where safe to do so, to check on their welfare.
“Winds are still strong across the region and again drivers are asked to drive to the conditions, and prepare for the unexpected as they go along.”
Source : BirminghamMail