Storm Gertrude sweeps across UK

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 29, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

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Waves breaking on the sea front in Ardrossan, Scotland

Storm Gertrude is sweeping across the UK with winds of more than 90mph causing damage and travel disruption.

Scotland has had the brunt of the bad weather and a rare Met Office red alert is in place for Orkney and Shetland.

More than 10,000 homes have been left without power, and trains and ferries have been cancelled. Power lines have been brought down in Northern Ireland.

Wind speeds are expected to reach about 65mph in north-east England and push close to 80mph in North Yorkshire.

Forecasters have warned of dangerous conditions and urged people to secure loose garden furniture.

Gusts of 90mph have been recorded in South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. In Edinburgh, a man has been knocked down by flying debris and is being treated for head injuries at Edinburgh Royal infirmary.

Follow live updates for Storm Gertrude

In other developments:

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Scaffolding collapsed in Lenzie in East Dunbartonshire

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Several lorries have overturned in high winds, including this one on the M9

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Darren McNaughton

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In Armoy, County Antrim, trees at the Dark Hedges, made famous by the TV series Game of Thrones, have collapsed onto the Bregagh Road

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35436955#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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