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Hurricane Ophelia Is Turning the Sky Over Western Europe an Apocalyptic Blood-Orange

by Henry Miller Oct 16, 2017

As the deadly Hurricane Ophelia spins its way up the North Atlantic it has had a startling effect over western Europe. While making its way past north Africa, it picked up dust from the Sahara Desert and spread it across the atmosphere. On top of that, it also sucked up smoke from wildfires on the Iberian peninsula. The result is a blood orange sky hanging over parts of Ireland, France, and the UK. Understandably, it has some folks on social media calling the event the sign of the coming apocalypse.

Here are some of the eerie images coming in from the UK.

We’re all distracted by the apocalyptic sky today at Secret London HQ 🔥☀️ (📸 by @thedutchessoflondon)

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Our current view from the office … #redsun

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Saharan hiekkaa taivaalla 😎 #hurricaneophelia2017 #oxfordstreet

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The Blade Runner sky over London today was incredible! 😱 (shot with Sony a7RII and FE 4/70-200 G OSS)

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