Storm Barbara batters the UK

23rd December 2016 | Residential Energy

A severe weather warning for northern and western parts of Scotland has been issued as Storm Barbara batters the UK. The storm has disrupted power lines and travel and led to several schools being closed for the day. The Met Office issued an amber “be prepared” warning into Friday evening.

Two separate “be aware” warnings have been issued for northern areas – with gusts of up to 60 to 70 mph expected – and northern England, South West and Wales.

Gusts of almost 120mph swirled around the summit of Cairn Gorm at 11am, while gusts of 68mph were recorded in Stornoway in Lewis and 75mph at Mona on Anglesey in Wales on Friday afternoon. Engineers were working to reconnect power supplies in a number of properties in Aberdeenshire, Moray and on the Western Isles.

Schools closed

More than a hundred schools were closed due to bad weather in the Highlands.

Ferry Services – several ferry services have been cancelled while revised schedules and cancellation of flights to the islands are also expected. Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne said it has cancelled more than half its services for the duration of Friday.

Train Services – a revised timetable is in place in some areas. Travellers are advised to check the latest conditions before venturing out.

Flooding – the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued eight flood warnings for Tayside, the Borders and Easter Ross. Scotland’s transport minister, Humza Yousaf, said, “Ministers have been receiving regular updates on the impact of the severe weather across this week. We are expecting the worst of the disruption today when winds are expected to reach 90mph.”

Eight further flood alerts have been issued around the country. The Local Government Association (LGA) – which represents local councils across England and Wales – said they will issue renewed advice on how to deal with flash flooding. Councils have also stockpiled more than one million tonnes of grit roads.

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