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Hurricane winds hit power and travel








                                BBC Weather Synoptic Chart 9th Jan 2015




A powerful jet stream is pushing a deep area of low pressure towards the UK. But why is the jet stream so strong? Chris Fawkes explains.



Hurricane force winds have caused travel disruption and left tens of thousands of homes without power across Scotland.


The storm caused the suspension of all ScotRail trains, although some limited services have now started running.


About 75,000 homes are still without power as the Atlantic jet stream caused gusts of more 100mph (160km/h).


The Forth Road Bridge reopened to cars at 07:25 after being closed earlier.


A Met Office amber warning is in place in the Highlands, Western Isles, Orkney and parts of Aberdeenshire, central and south east Scotland.


All ScotRail services were suspended while Network Rail, which is responsible for the rail infrastructure, inspected lines for damage caused by winds and high tides.


The vast majority of services remain suspended, but ScotRail said some local services, including between Edinburgh and North Berwick, the inner and outer Fife Circle and hourly services between Edinburgh and Newcraighall and between Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock, were now running.


Full updates are available on the ScotRail website.







                                Laura Bicker




High winds have caused travel problems in central Scotland, as Laura Bicker reports


  wind speed

  fallen treeThe storm has brought down trees across the country


It was hoped most East Coast, Virgin and TransPennine Express services between Scotland and England would be able to run as normal, but passengers were warned there may be short notice alterations and cancellations. Some CrossCountry rail services have been affected.


Anyone planning to travel to or from a station in Scotland should check their journey in advance.


About 69,0000 Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) customers and 6,000 Scottish Power Energy Networks customers remain without power after widespread overnight disruption to the electricity network in areas of northern and western Scotland.


SSE had mobilised 1,000 technical and support staff ahead of the storm, with engineers working in "extremely challenging and potentially dangerous conditions" to reconnect electricity to a further 18,000 customers overnight.


Rural areas have been the worst hit, with almost 13,000 homes still without power around Dingwall and a further 13,000 in Inverness-shire, 12,000 in the Western Isles and 8,000 on Skye.


  forth bridge vanThe Forth Road Bridge was closed after a van overturned

  fallen tree

  overturned caravan


Other areas affected included parts of Aberdeenshire and rural areas around Wick, Oban and Fort William, as well as Buchan, Dunblane, Dunoon, Elgin and Huntly.


Scottish Power Energy Networks said it had managed to reconnect 6,000 homes overnight, with the same number still affected by "pockets of faults mainly across the central belt, from Ayrshire to Lanarkshire and across to the Lothians."


Scottish Transport Minister Derek MacKay told BBC Radio Scotland that "safety has to be paramount when looking at the services that are operational" but said everything was being done to "get people moving".


Mr MacKay added: "Many travellers who have had sleepless nights will know the winds have been severe and yes it has caused significant impact to the transport system but we're working very hard to recover from that.


"People should travel with caution and check all information sources to ensure their route is operational, and allow extra time."


The Forth Road Bridge reopened to cars only at 07:25 after earlier being closed when a van overturned on the northbound carriageway as the wind reached 91mph.

  Flood warnings

The Dornoch Bridge and the Skye Bridge are closed to high sided vehicles, while a fallen tree has closed the northbound carriageway of the Kessock Bridge.


BBC News correspondent Colin Blane said police and fire services were dealing with many incidents of fallen trees.


The Met Office amber "be prepared" warning forecasts high winds and heavy rain for the next few days and icy conditions on Sunday.


A yellow "be aware" warning, predicting gusts of between 60mph and 70mph, covers the rest of Scotland on Friday.


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 14 flood alerts and 10 flood warnings. There are no severe flood warnings.


The warnings are in Moray, Speyside, Tayside, Dumbarton and Renfrew


BBC Weather said gusts in the Highlands reached 113mph in Stornoway, 110mph at Loch Glascarnoch, and 97mph at Altnaharra. Speeds of 61mph have been recorded overnight at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.


  damaged shopThe storm has caused structural damage to buildings, including this one in Glasgow

  RenfrewThe stormy weather left roads in Renfrew near Glasgow waterlogged


The yellow warning is also in place for northern coastal areas of Northern Ireland and parts of northern England, including Cumbria, Lancashire, Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire.


Cumbria Police said strong winds had blown over a lorry between junctions 38 and 39 on the northbound carriageway of the M6 motorway.


The Met Office's chief forecaster said a depression had been developing over the Atlantic in association with a very strong jet stream. It is said to have been triggered by sub-zero temperatures in the US hitting warmer air.







                                Carol Kirkwood




More strong winds are forecast in Scotland this weekend



Some ferry services in Scotland have been cancelled.


All schools on Orkney and the Western Isles have been closed on Friday, more than 40 schools and nurseries in the Highland Council area also closed because of the weather.


Herriot Primary School in Renfrewshire has also been closed after the storm caused damage to its roof, and there have been a small number of closures in Moray and elsewhere.


Full details of school closures can be found on council websites.


The Dounreay nuclear complex on the far north Caithness coast will be closed to all but essential staff on Friday and Saturday, the site's operator has said.




The winds are predicted to die down on Friday before returning again overnight and into Saturday morning.


Snow showers are also possible across Scotland on Saturday.


Check out the latest travel news for Scotland



Around the country


For the latest on the roads visit the BBC's travel news page and keep up to date with incidents and roadworks on the motorways here.


Around the country you can check for updates from:


Alternatively, for regular travel bulletins listen live to BBC Radio Scotland and follow @BBCTravelScot.


In times of severe disruption you can also follow the BBC Scotland severe weather Twitter list of key sources.


Below are a number of other traffic information sources.


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