The strong gusts of Storm Gertrude has swept most of the country with up to 90mph speed that left thousands of homes without power, buildings damaged and transport disrupted. The Met Office has issued a rare red alert for Orkney and Shetland with dangerous conditions expected throughout Friday. Meanwhile, many other regions are placed under yellow and amber warnings for strong winds, heavy rain, snow and ice as the extreme weather continues to batter the British Isles.
The department confirmed that gusts of up to 91mph have been recorded in South Uist, while Inverbervie in Aberdeenshire and Orlock Head in Northern Ireland were hit by winds of 79mph. The authorities are expecting that the wind’s speed would be around 65mph when it reaches the Borders and the North East of England later in the day and pushing 80mph in North Yorkshire. According to the forecasters, “winds are expected to widely gust 60-70mph, possibly up to 80mph along exposed coasts and over hills.”
The announcement warned that ”be prepared for the likelihood of difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel, such as cancellation to ferry services and bridge closures,” adding that “storm-force west to south-westerly winds are expected to develop across Shetland during Friday. Frequent gusts of 80-90mph are expected, with gusts of around 100mph likely for a time this afternoon.” Lastly, the announcement stated that people should “expect dangerous conditions including structural damage and debris, disruption to power supplies and widespread disruption to transport, and take action to secure loose items.”
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