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  1. Updates on Monday 16 October 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


You can find continuing news about the storm formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia here. It is now gusting to 90mph over Anglesey as the strongest winds move up the Irish Sea. Cumbria remains under a yellow warning for strong winds. Otherwise:

We'll be back from 08:00 or earlier if the storm's done serious damage. In the meantime, you can be involved too - if you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Forecaster's eye: An extremely unusual storm

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather

The current weather situation is extremely unusual for our part of the world.

Ophelia formed mid-Atlantic and developed “in situ” into a fully-developed hurricane before being caught up in the south-westerly jetstream sending it towards the British Isles, although by the time it approached the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland it had been downgraded to an ex-tropical storm.

It is still a very potent beast and, as the eye of the storm moves north-eastwards towards Northern Scotland, it will bring some very windy conditions across Cumbria.

As the cloud continues to thicken this evening, the south to south-westerly winds will continue to strengthen with gusts in excess of 50mph expected in many places, and 60 – 70mph gusts more likely in exposed spots such as the coast.

The Environment Agency has various flood watches in force along the Cumbrian coast and the Met Office will continue to monitor the severe weather warnings. At the time of writing, a Yellow 'be aware' severe weather warning is in force until 15:00 on Tuesday afternoon.

Cumbria's weather: Gales with a chance of rain

BBC Weather

It will be very windy overnight, with gales and strong gusts likely, and the risk of disruption. Rather cloudy at times, with outbreaks of rain possible. Lows of 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest BBC weather warnings for where you are, and details of the weather warnings for the county here.

Irish forecasters watch storm winds track towards Cumbria

This animation from the Irish state meteorology agency shows the strongest winds subsiding as the most powerful part of the storm crosses the Irish sea towards Cumbria.

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Police seek driver who sprayed liquid at rider's face

A motorcyclist in South Cumbria was sprayed in the face with an unknown liquid.

Police say the incident happened at about 17:00 on Saturday, on Hindpool Road in Barrow opposite the Dock Museum.

The motorcyclist was riding towards Walney Island, when a driver of a black BMW with blacked-out front windows sprayed the substance from the offside window.

Officers have appealed for witnesses, saying that while the motorcyclist hasn't required medical attention, he has complained of irritation.

Aspatria man jailed for betting shop attack

An Aspatria man has been sent to prison after chasing his victim into a betting shop in Carlisle and attacking him.

Kane Hull, 24, of Springkell in Aspatria, entered the Coral Bookmakers on Blackwell Road on 28 July this year, chasing another man Ryan Kirkpatrick, who had taken refuge in the shop.

Kane Hull
Cumbria Police

Carlisle Crown Court heard how managers at the shop stepped in between the two and and Hull fled the shop with an industrial aluminium winch and hook.

Hull admitted affray, possessing an offensive weapon and damaging a television in the shop and was given 21 months in jail.

Trust says overnight mental health service will continue

The NHS trust in charge of mental health care in Cumbria says it will be providing drivers so consultant psychiatrists based in hospital units can continue to provide an overnight call-out service in the community to assess patients in crisis.

Directors had suggested the service was proving hard to maintain because of the distances the consultants and other staff had to drive to see patients.

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron had raised fears that the county-wide cover could be lost, but the trust has always denied this.

The Cumbria Partnership Trust said last week it intended to recruit a broader pool of doctors and today it said the current arrangement will continue until what it calls 'robust plans' can be developed.

Angry fans confront owner as Barrow tumble out of cup

BBC Cumbria Sport

Angry fans confronted the Barrow owner Paul Casson after the Bluebirds were knocked out of the FA Cup by a side who play two division below them.

The 2-1 defeat to Shaw Lane means Carlisle United are the only Cumbrian side in tonight's FA Cup 1st round draw.

It's on BBC Two at 19:00 tonight - and United are ball number 10.

More pictures as the skies darken...

The strongest winds of the storm formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia may still be waiting in the wings, but the clouds and the atmospheric effects are still fascinating photographers.

Tim Foster of the Blencathra Field Studies Centre in the Lake District put out a small selection.

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Bonington in mountain rescue 'sport' spat

The Cumbrian mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington says comments he made about the mountain rescue service were "light-hearted" and have been "taken out of context".

He was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as telling a literary festival audience that teams treat lifesaving as a "sport", and compete to become the first on the scene.

Sir Chris says he was responding, off the cuff, to a question from a member of the audience.

I wouldn't have made that comment if I had time to think it out, but you didn't have time to do that."

Sir Chris Bonington
Chris Bonington
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Some Lake District mountain rescue volunteers said it was "a little disappointing and frustrating, but Richard Warren, the chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, said he felt sorry for Sir Chris.

It was obvious it had been taken out of context because I know Sir Chris well."

Richard Warren

White van driver sought as witness to Workington car crash

Police say the driver of a white van parked near the junction of Harrington Road and John Street in Workington may have seen a crash in which four people were hurt.

The collision happened last night just before 19:00 and involved a dark blue Fiat Punto and a red Seat Leon.

Officers say they're trying to get more information about the moments leading up to the collision..

Bridge closed for checks near Kendal

Another bridge has been closed for checks after the floods last week.

Ford Bridge
Cumbria County Council

Ford Bridge in Burneside is being checked by engineers this afternoon, and a county council spokesman said it was hoped it would be reopened later today.

Cumbrian team takes Superbikes title for record sixth time

The Langwathby-based Paul Bird Motorsport Team maintained their status as the most successful team in the history of the British Superbike Championship yesterday, as Shane Byrne won the riders championship for a record sixth time.

Shane Byrne
Getty Images

In one of the most dramatic finishes to the season in many years, Byrne overcame a 33 point deficit going into the final weekend of the championship to claim his latest title for the Cumbrian team, winning two of the three races over Saturday and Sunday.

Your pictures: Ophelia's dusty red sun

The strange red sun over Cumbria has fascinated many of you, and quite a few people have sent in pictures, so here's a small selection.

It's caused by the outer fringes of Hurricane Ophelia picking up dust that had blown off North Africa and smoke from forest fires in Portugal, which together affect the way light comes through the atmosphere even here.

These are from Cockermouth, Cliburn and Frizington.

Jennifer Bernard
Declan Morland
Janice Murray

Feel free to add more - you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Police and rescuers find body in Scafell search

Police searching on Scafell Pike for a Polish man missing since Saturday have found a body.

Dawid Kancyr, 28, had been seen at Wasdale Head, and there was a search for him yesterday.

Police say the body's yet to be formally identified, but the death is not suspicious.

Day care centres reviewed as county looks for cash cuts

Families in Cumbria who rely on council care for adults with learning disabilities fear some services are being scrapped.

County Hall

Cumbria Council Council is carrying out a review of the 19 day services it provides for those with learning disabilities. It wants to make significant savings - but says no decisions have been taken yet.

I'd be lost without day services. I like company and and if I don't have company I'd be on my own and miserable."

Garry Tysonwho uses day care services in Ulverston

We are committed to involving service users and their families as the process moves forward."

Cumbria County Council

Red sky is dust blown up from Africa

An "unusual" reddish sky and red-looking sun which have been reported across parts of England, including Cumbria, is dust, blown by the winds of Ophelia from the Sahara and debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain.

The dust has caused light to be refracted and reflected in longer wavelengths, making it appear red.

Carlisle sky

Myra Lockie in St Bees described a "grey but yellow light" in a Facebook post.

Cumbria's weather: Mild, dry and stormy

BBC Weather

It'll be a mild start to the afternoon and staying mostly dry with partly cloudy skies.

The southerly winds will strengthen, particularly over the hills and for Whitehaven, Workington and other coastal areas with damaging wind gusts. These are likely to bring travel disruption. The top temperature will be about 20C (68F).

There's a yellow weather warning for high winds in Cumbria, and the amber warning has now been extended to cover almost up to the coast.

Weather graphic

You can find the latest BBC weather forecast, and details of the latest weather warnings, for where you are here.

Police say M6 fatal crash involved 'wrong way' driver

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Police say a car involved in a fatal crash on the M6 yesterday was travelling south down the northbound carriageway.

The car driver died in the crash near junction 36 at about 15:00, and two people in a van in the head-on collision were injured.

Cumbrian triathalete clocks 10 hours for Hawaii 140

A triathlete from Carlisle spent the weekend running in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Phil Whitehead
Phil Whitehead

Phil Whitehead ran, cycled and swam the course, a total of 140 miles, in under 10 hours, and said the biggest challenge was the heat as he crossed lava fields on the tropical island.

The heat was brutal

Phil Whitehead

Travel: Crash partly blocks A66 near Appleby

BBC News Travel

A crash on the eastbound carriageway has partly blocked the A66 near Appleby.

Big waves warning for Cumbrian coast

The Environment Agency has now issued flood warnings for the coast of Cumbria from the Scottish border to Millom.

The yellow warning says large waves driven by gale force winds may overtop coastal defences, flooding roads and possibly affecting properties.

RL star Leon signed as coach to get Town rising

BBC Cumbria Sport

Leon Pryce, one of the great names in British rugby league, has been hired to lead Workington Town out of League One next season.

Leon, a former international who most recently played for Bradford Bulls, said he had a lot of local contacts in west Cumbria and it was the right place to start his coaching career.

Leon Pryce
Workington Town

I know the people there are absolutely mad passionate about rugby, obviously, I love rugby as well."

Leon Pryce

Teenagers badly hurt in three-car crash

Two teenagers were seriously injured, one critically, in a crash involving three vehicles on the B5305 at Sebergham near Wigton yesterday afternoon.

One teenager was arrested on suspicion of driving under influence of drugs and dangerous driving.

Rescue teams head out to search for missing man on Scafell

Mountain rescue volunteers have headed back on to Scafell Pike this morning to look for a man last seen yesterday afternoon.

Dawid Kancyr

Dawid Kancyr, 28, is said to be 6ft 3in and of medium build. He was last seen wearing grey trousers and a black t-shirt, and he had a black waterproof jacket.

Weather on the fell tops: Hazardous in storm force winds

The Met Office forecast for the Lake District says even standing up will be difficult in exposed areas.

Temperatures at 3,000ftt: Up to 14C.

Winds: Storm force winds developing in the afternoon, giving hazardous conditions on exposed high ground. Fresh south easterly breeze at first increasing strong gale to storm force southerly.

Cloud: Largely cloud free initially with overnight low cloud soon dispersing, some patchy cloud may briefly affect summits above 2,600ft through the day. Becoming quite extensive in the west during the evening with cloud lowering to 1,600ft.

Visibility: Very good outside any low cloud.

Travel: Lane closure slows A590 traffic in Ulverston

BBC News Travel

Traffic is queuing from Ulverston back to Arrad Foot on the A590 because of a lane closure and roadworks.

Power engineers on standby for fading Ophelia's blast

Electricity North West engineers are standing by to repair power lines brought down by the winds forecast for later today as the remains of Hurricane Ophelia pass the west of the county.

Power Lines
Electricity North west

The strongest winds are expected to arrive this afternoon, gusting above 60mph along the Cumbrian coast.

Martin Deehan from Electricity North West says 200 engineers are on duty if they're needed.

We have everything in place to respond to any damage that we get and the kind of damage you can get is wind-borne debris, trees falling on to our overhead lines.

Martin Deehan

Driver dies in M6 crash

A man has died after a crash involving two vehicles on the M6 just south of junction 36, the turn off for the A590.

A car and van collided at about 15:00 yesterday, and the driver of the car was killed.

The driver and passenger in the van, both men, were taken to hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.

The motorway was closed for several hours after the accident.

Cumbria's weather: Fairly calm before the storm

BBC Weather

A mild start and staying mostly dry with partly cloudy skies.

The southerly winds will strengthen rapidly later, particularly over the hills and towards the west coast with damaging wind gusts. These are likely to bring travel disruption.

It will be mild though, with temperatures reaching 20C (68F) towards the east.

The high winds, the edge of former Hurricane Ophelia, are covered by a yellow weather warning from midday.

Weather graphic

You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, including more about the weather warning, here.

Travel: Bridge closures bring slow going in west Cumbria

BBC News Travel

Egemont Bridge and Kersey Bridge remain closed, awaiting checks for flood damage after the floods last week, and they're contributing to delays on the A595.

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping pace with the news, travel reports and the weather forecast, including the storm formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia, and finding a few other items of interest from around the county, through to 18:00.

You can be involved too - if you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.