Storm Henry hits Scotland, causes travel disruption

Published on : Monday, February 1, 2016

sandstormJust days after Storm Gertrude brought gust of wind in excess of 100mph as well as heavy rain and snow, Scotland has been hit by Storm Henry. With winds blowing at almost 90mph, Storm Henry has caused disruption of traffic and forced closure of schools.

Dozens of schools have been closed in the Highlands and the Western Isles, where people have been advised not to travel during the height of the storm.

An amber “be prepared” alert for high winds covering most of the country from 15:00 has been issued by the Met office.

Forecasters said winds of 70-80mph were expected widely, with 90mph gusts possible in exposed areas, especially in the west.

Restrictions have been put in place on bridges across Scotland and a number of train services have been suspended.

A spokesman advised people not to travel at these times and he warned that the high winds and large waves could lead to over-topping and flooding of coastal roads.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) is monitoring the situation and has issued a total of 22 flood warnings which suggest that “flooding is expected” and “immediate action required”.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne said 25 out of its 26 routes had been disrupted by the weather. Northlink Ferries has cancelled sailings between Aberdeen and Shetland on Monday evening

BBC Scotland weather presenter Kirsteen Macdonald said that “in terms of impact”, Storm Henry is likely to be worse than its predecessor Storm Gertrude.

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