18/12/2013

'Amber' Wind Warning For NI

A 'yellow' wind warning for Northern Ireland has been updated to 'amber' by the UK Met Office, as the region prepares for gale force winds that could reach up to 90mph.

A 'yellow' warning was put in place yesterday, but today the Met Office increased this to 'amber', with strong winds expected to affect much of Northern Ireland, but the north and east coasts in particular.

"Severe gale force winds will affect parts of Northern Ireland, western, central and northern Scotland," a statement from the Met Office said.

"A swathe of storm force winds will progress northwards with time, perhaps clipping the far north of Northern Ireland before moving north to affect the western Isles and skirting western and northwestern fringes of mainland Scotland.

"Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are expected within the Amber warning area, and to around 90 mph in some of the more exposed locations in western Scotland and the Western Isles. Such winds will lead to very large waves with some coastal over-topping likely. Some heavy rain is also expected. The rain and the strongest winds will clear early on Thursday, giving way to blustery and wintry showers.

"The public should be prepared for disruption to transport and possibly power supplies."

(IT/JP)

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