Strong winds and squally rain that battered Huddersfield yesterday was enough to damage trees.
But the concern now is that there may be worse to come next weekend when the remnants of a tropical storm may reach West Yorkshire.
Yesterday’s powerful winds reached 42mph at Salendine Nook and when the showers came they were heavy.
Huddersfield weather expert Paul Stevens said some fell at the rate of 80mm per hour although it was very much stop and start with just 9mm eventually falling across the 24 hours from Saturday teatime to Sunday.
It was enough to bring part of a tree down on Bradford Road near the Bradley Bar roundabout, blocking one lane near a speed camera until council workers could remove it.
Paul said: “Trees are still in full leaf so 40mph winds are sufficient to bring down a large branch.”
He reckoned gusts in parts of Huddersfield would have reached 50mph or 60mph. The strong winds and blustery showers are set to continue tomorrow.
And he scotched any hope of an Indian summer.
“Autumn has arrived so it’s time to say goodbye to summer,” he said. “It looks unsettled this week with disappointing temperatures around 12C (53ïF) so it will feel cold. If they go up, it will be only briefly.”
He revealed there is a tropical hurricane that started in Africa and is now out at sea in the Atlantic but its tail end could well lash Yorkshire next weekend.
“If it does, it will be a wet weekend,” said Paul.