Travel warnings issued in Scotland for 80mph winds

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Car Rental News - 08/12/2011


Those travelling in Scotland today have been warned of major travel disruptions.

The advisory came via Transport Scotland following a red warning issued by the Met Office, which said that severe winds could gust up to 80mph in some locations. The alert includes Central, Fife, Tayside, Lothian, south west Scotland, the Borders and Strathclyde.

Keith Brown, the transport minister, said that the winds were likely to peak during the evening rush hour commute. He said that those able to leave work early were advised to do so.

The red warning, which is the agency’s highest severe weather alert and is only issued a handful of times each year, extends from 10:00 on Thursday morning until Friday morning at 06:00. Met Office officials said that travel conditions were expected to be “extremely poor” over the 20-hour period.

Brown said in a statement that bridge closures were likely and that communities needed to prepare for blown over trees and vehicles. He said that the worst was expected from 15:00 to 18:00 and that a red warning suggests that wind speeds could even reach the 90mph mark.

The met office has also issued an amber warning for large portions of central and northern Britain in addition to a yellow warning for snowy conditions in northern Scotland.

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