UK weather: ‘Injuries and danger to life possible’ as Brits battered by 78mph gale winds

UK Weather: Met Office forecast strong winds and gales

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The Met Office has put out yet another yellow weather warning as parts of Scotland were hit by strong gusts of wind. The warning, which is set to expire at around midday, claims there could be a “risk of disruption to travel”, most notably with ferry services.

According to the UK’s national weather service, “injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible”, as is damage to buildings, power cuts and both road and bridge closures.

There also remains a risk “injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties”.

Traffic Scotland announced earlier this morning how Clackmannanshire Bridge, which is located on the A876, had been forced to close “due to high winds affecting driving conditions”.

Junction 1a of the M9, near Kirkliston, was also shut after a tree fell down blocking the road.

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Writing on Twitter, Traffic Scotland said: “Motorists are advised to use an alternative route and allo[w] extra time for their journey.”

Speaking about the conditions in Scotland, Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell told “The strongest gust of winds so far that have been recorded was in a place called Aultbea.

“At 1 o’clock this morning we had gusts of 78mph at that site.”

However, Mr Snell also stressed how for many parts of Scotland the worst wind gusts had already passed.

“I think by the time most people get up,” he explained, “winds will start to ease a smidge to 50 [and] 60mph.”

Winds could collapse to as low as 35 and 40mph in the same area later today.

However, Mr Snell said the Met Office’s weather warning “implies” the strength of the wind could “temporarily cause some road closes”.

He said: “The strength of the winds, even at mid-morning, are at a speed which could cause some buffeting when you’re driving, so even that would technically slow you down.

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“It is potential we could see some travel disruption in that part of the world this morning.

“Hopefully these conditions will improve by lunch time.”

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