The weather warning has now been upgraded to Amber for today from 12pm to 11pm covering the following regions; SW Scotland Lothian & Borders and Strathclyde. The chief forecaster’s statement confirms the following;
Ex-Ophelia will move northwards across the west of Ireland today bringing some very strong winds to Northern Ireland along with parts of north and west Wales and the extreme southwest of Scotland. Gusts of 55-65 mph are expected widely with 80 mph gusts likely in places. A smaller area of very gusty winds is then likely to run across Northern Ireland from the west with 65-75 mph gusts possible for a short period of time in any one location. Winds are expected to peak across Northern Ireland and north and west Wales this afternoon including this evening’s busy travel period and to peak across southwest Scotland this evening.
For information, the definition of an amber warning is;
• Amber: There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property. Amber means you need to be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office
The likelihood of a surge event is therefore increased in comparison to a yellow warning. If the weather is adversely affecting you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
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