The weather we all felt today is just the start, 50 to 60 foot high waves are expected. This is going to be horrific for the West Coast and anyone near the Forth River (Like me) This is being said to be the worst ‘Weather Bomb’ that has Scotland
Via Sky News
SCOTLAND was battered by 100mph gusts yesterday – and is braced for more severe weather today with warnings of gales and flooding in many area.
Gusts of 100mph were recorded yesterday in some exposed areas, and yellow “be aware” warnings of high winds were put in place for the Highlands, Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and Argyll and Bute. Gales have raised the prospect of flooding at high tide along the west coast, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said.
The high winds and choppy waters attracted windsurfers to beaches in Troon and elsewhere round the coast. Flood alerts were in place for coastal areas in the north and west, while higher-level flood warnings were in place across Tayside. Heavy rain was expected to continue to fall until early this morning in the area and low-lying land could be at risk, Sepa said.
John Griffiths, forecaster for MeteoGroup, said an area of low pressure was moving across northern parts of Scotland towards Iceland. He said: “There will be quite severe gales in northern parts of Scotland and on the western coast throughout Sunday as the low pressure swings right past Scotland.” Wind speeds reached 102mph on the Applecross peninsula in Wester Ross and 111mph at Tomintoul in the Cairngorms National Park.
Glasgow and Edinburgh were buffeted by gusts of up to 47mph, temporarily closing Christmas attractions in the capital including the Big Wheel in Princes Street Gardens. Several football fixtures were called off, including a match between Stenhousemuir and Rangers on Saturday.
Passengers at Edinburgh Airport faced disruption to flights, while flooding and problems with overhead wires affected some ScotRail lines and many Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services on the west coast were cancelled or delayed. At the height of the storm on Saturday, the Forth, Tay and Skye road bridges were closed to high-sided vehicles.
Around 20 people were evacuated from Whitburn Junior Social Club in Whitburn, West Lothian, and an adjacent bungalow, after heavy tin roof sheeting blew off a nearby pavilion on to both buildings.
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