Scotland braced for severe weekend weather

THE first storms of 2015 are forecast to batter Scotland on Friday and Saturday with winds gusting up to 90mph.

Picture: Phil Wilkinson

The Met Office today issued a yellow - “be aware” - severe weather warning, which it said may be upgraded to amber - “be prepared” - for northern Scotland.

It warned of potential travel disruption, power cuts and structural damage, with large waves posing a danger on coasts.

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The warnings cover all but the southern edge of Scotland from midnightuntil between noon and 3pm on Friday, and the whole of the country and northern England from midnight until 6-9pm on Saturday.

A Met Office spokesman said: “A vigorous depression is expected to run rapidly east, passing northern Scotland early on Friday.

“Winds will begin to increase late on Thursday to give a period of very strong westerly winds across the north of the Scottish mainland and the Western and Northern Isles during Friday.

“Gusts of 70mph are likely quite widely, with a risk of 80-90 mph gusts.”

It said gusts of 60-70mph were likely quite widely across southern Scotland.

Similar blasts are forecast across Scotland on Saturday, along with lightning.


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