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UK Storm Alert

September 12, 2011 by staff 

UK Storm AlertUK Storm Alert, Scotland is preparing for more bad weather throughout the afternoon and evening as high winds warnings continue. Transport providers have been preparing for the remnants of Hurricane Katia, and say they have contingency plans in place before the evening rush hours, when the impact is expected to be at its worst.

As the winds and heavy rains hit the country, the warnings to expect gusts of up to 70 mph continue. The Environment Agency has issued several flood warnings for inland and coastal areas.

The effects were felt by pedestrians to seek refuge in the center of the cities hit by the wind, and by drivers attempting to travel on main roads and bridges, as the way of Tay and Forth Road bridges, which were only open to cars. Ferry services were disrupted and the elevators in the Nevis Range mountain station closed due to high winds.

The Cycling Tour in Britain, which began in Peebles on Sunday, canceled its second stage for safety reasons due to high winds en route to competition today in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Billy Payne, MeteoGroup forecaster, said: “The worst of the wind through the center and south of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

“The gusts are 60 to 70 mph in some places, possibly higher, especially in places exposed parts of western Scotland, as islands and mountainous areas. The heavy rain was mainly confined to the north and west of Scotland today and tomorrow. There is the risk of some flooding in the northwest of Scotland, with high rainfall totals. ”

Capel Curig in North Wales had a gust of 73 mph at 5 am today. Forecasters said there was a possibility of damage to trees and other structural problems.

Although travelers have been urged to give more time to travel home, the Scotrail website reported that it was “business as usual” from 11am.

“However, we are monitoring the situation and, as a precaution, we have additional staff in place. Contingency plans for the introduction of time limits, if any.”

Emergency services are prepared for an increase in the time-related claims. David Goodhew, Assistant Chief Officer of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “The teams are fully prepared to respond to everything weather-related situations arise, and ensure that the team of floods, 4×4 vehicles and emergency boat being made ready to respond as required.

The UK believes that a storm of this strength about once a year, and the remnants of a hurricane coming to Britain once every few years, MeteoGroup said. The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for today, warning people in Northern Ireland, central and south west of Scotland and the northwest and northeast England to be prepared.

The warning, classified as an Amber Alert, he said. “The remnants of Hurricane Katia is expected to enter the UK on Monday, bringing a windy stretch of time remains some uncertainty about the path and intensity, but with growing evidence that Scotland and Northern Ireland is probably the most affected. The public should be aware of the risks of disruption of transport and the possibility of damage to trees and structures. ”

Katia is the second major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane and was classified as category four hurricanes on the scale Saffir-Simpson at its peak. Scale rates hurricanes from one to five, with five being the strongest.

Ferries: Caledonian MacBrayne warns of delays and disorders probably due to adverse weather conditions in many routes. Services Oban to the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Islay have been canceled, and the service from Tarbert Loch Fyne Portavadie www.calmac.co.uk. Tonight Stena Line services between Belfast and Stranraer www.stenaline.co.uk not run.

Trains: The bad weather is affecting service between Glasgow, Kilwinning, Largs and Ardrossan Harbour, and a schedule of emergency is in operation on this route with alternative transportation is provided to passengers. Www.scotrail.co.uk / storms

Roads: Traffic Scotland is warning of strong winds on many routes, including major bridges closed high-sided vehicles. trafficscotland.org. The A78 between Skelmorlie and Largs is closed in both directions due to flooding.

Flights: Normal services from major airports.

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