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Storm Ciara hits Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Storm Ciara hits Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 9:41am 9th February 2020. (Updated at 1:32pm 9th February 2020)

It's bringing heavy rain and strong winds to all parts of Yorkshire.

  • An amber weather warning is in place for Skipton, Ilkley and Otley
  • Meanwhile a lower-level yellow warning is in force across the Harrogate district
  • Flooding is causing problems on some roads, and some flood warnings and alerts have been issued

Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are being hit by strong winds and heavy rain as Storm Ciara moves in.

An amber weather warning is in place for Skipton, Otley and Ilkley, while the Harrogate district has a lower-level yellow warning.

Meanwhile, a severe flood warning has been issued for Pateley Bridge, that's the highest possible warning and indicates a possible 'danger to life'.

We've got more details here...


The Environment Agency have issued flood warnings for the following locations...

  • Hellifield Beck
  • The River Ribble in Settle
  • The River Wharfe at Otley
  • The River Wharfe at Burnsall
  • Bishop Monkton Beck
  • Swinney Beck at Masham
  • Kettlewell Beck

There's also some less serious flood alerts in place...

  • Upper River Wharfe at Grassington
  • Upper River Aire in Skipton
  • Upper River Nidd at Ripley
  • Lower River Ure near Ripon
  • Lower River Nidd near Cattal

North Yorkshire Police are now advising drivers to cancel any non-essential journeys.

Roads Policing Sergeant Neale Rees said:

“Hours of extremely heavy rain have taken a toll on our road network, and in many places water is pooling faster than it can drain. This includes major trunk roads across the region.

“We are now advising motorists to avoid all non-essential travel until conditions improve. If your journey is absolutely unavoidable, please exercise extreme caution.”

An eyewitness has told Stray FM that the canal in Gargrave has burst it's banks, causing flooding on many roads in the village, which is spreading to the school.

Carleton Road between Skipton and Carleton has been closed this morning, due to flooding.

There's also flooding on the A6131 between Skipton and Cross Hills, and surface water between Knaresborough and Forest Moor.

There's speed restrictions on the railways, and passengers are being advised not to travel today if possible.

Some local attractions are closed for the day, including Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks and Harlow Carr.

North Yorkshire Police have had a busy few hours, they've told us about some of the incidents they've been called out to...

  • Flooding the A658 between Huby and Harrogate, which was passable but had a lot on standing water on it
  • A cow that had wandered onto the A59 near Harrogate, probably after fencing was damaged. It was unharmed and happily grazing on the grass verge when police were notified
  • Local roads around Swinney Beck, Masham, affected by flooding, including Leyburn Road. Police were monitoring the situation and officers on the ground managed traffic flow
  • River Ribble flooding in Settle, affecting nearby roads
  • A vehicle stuck in water on Keighley Road, Skipton. The driver managed to get out of the vehicle before officers arrived
  • A tree that had blown down and was laying across Malsis Road, Glusburn, near Skipton
  • A vehicle stuck on the route between Carelton and Skipton after the road became flooded
  • A tree that had blown over and was blocking a rural road near Fewston, near Harrogate




Main picture courtesy of 'North Yorkshire Weather Updates' on Facebook