The Met Office has upgraded a weather warning for the north of Scotland ahead of Storm Caroline’s arrival.
Initially a yellow alert was issued for Grampian, Highlands and islands, warning of gusts of wind of up to 80mph and snow in the northern regions.
Now the service said “Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to northern Scotland”.
“Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are expected widely with gusts to 90 mph possible in exposed areas. Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life. Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs.
“Longer journey times and cancellations are likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected. There is a good chance that power cuts may also occur. Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.”
The chief forecaster’s assessment adds: “The strongest winds will reach northern parts, the Western Isles and the far northwest of Scotland early on Thursday, extending eastwards across the north of Scotland and the Northern Isles during the day. Winds will be easing from the west as they begin to peak over the Shetland Islands later in the afternoon. Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy through the day.”
— Met Office (@metoffice) December 6, 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued flood alerts for many parts of Scotland including the Highlands and islands.
And Aberdeen Inspired has announced the Christmas Village will be closed tomorrow due to the adverse weather conditions. A decision will be made at 5pm as to whether it will re-open.