UK gales and storm surge - As it happened

Key Points

  • Thousands of households along vulnerable coasts are evacuated as seawater floods coastal areas of eastern England and North Wales
  • The North Sea tidal surge is the worst since January 1953, the Environment Agency confirms
  • A lorry driver in Bathgate, W Lothian, and a man in Retford, Notts, die in weather-related accidents
  • The Environment Agency issues more than 50 severe flood warnings in Wales and the east of England
  • Rail services in Scotland, northern England and East Anglia are disrupted by the weather
  • Thousands of homes are without power in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland
  1.  
    0430:

    Welcome to our live coverage of the storm that is set to hit large swathes of the UK, bringing with it gale-force winds and the risk of coastal flooding. Widespread travel disruption is predicted, too.

     
  2.  
    0433:

    We already know that Scotrail says at least 20 routes will be out of service, and all other train routes in Scotland will not run until 07:00 GMT.

     
  3.  
    0438:

    BBC weather forecasters say worst hit will be Scotland, where 80mph winds are expected, and the north and east of England.

     
  4.  
    0439:

    The Environment Agency says the North Sea coast from Northumberland to the Thames Estuary will be at risk of flooding later.

     
  5.  
    0440:

    The agency currently has one severe flood warning - indicating danger to life - for Sandwich Quay in Kent on Friday, plus more than 30 flood warnings and 50 flood alerts.

     
  6.  
    0441:

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued flood warnings for Central; Edinburgh and Lothians; Fife; and Skye and Lochaber.

     
  7.  

    The Met Office has amber weather warnings for wind in much of Scotland and northern, central and eastern England. These indicate "be prepared".

     
  8.  
    0432:

    The Thames Barrier is due to close on Thursday night to protect London from floods.

     
  9.  
    0448:

    You can check the latest on disruptions to Scotrail services here.

     
  10.  
    0452:

    The main traffic route into Leeds city centre from the south will be closed - it passes the city's tallest building, Bridgewater Place tower, which a coroner this week ruled can influence wind conditions.

     
  11.  

    BBC weather forecaster Jay Wynne's assessment: "Quite a large swathe of the United Kingdom is going to be subjected to some ferocious winds, gusting to 70-75mph, maybe even 80mph in places, maybe even a little bit more than that the further north you go.

    "Those sorts of winds are potentially damaging winds, there's going to be some heavy rain as well. We could well see widespread rich and varied impacts I suspect from this system, particularly the transport network."

     
  12.  
    0457:

    Police Scotland say road conditions are likely to be "extremely poor".

     
  13.  
    0501:

    Here's the message from Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown: "I would urge the travelling public to consider the conditions before they set off on their journeys. Indications are that bridges across the country will be affected by the strong winds and closures are expected during the morning peak period. People should listen to radio reports or visit the Traffic Scotland website or twitter feed, and carefully consider police advice."

     
  14.  
    0503: David Dickson, Network Rail area director for the west of Scotland:

    "Safety is our number one priority during such severe weather. We will be monitoring conditions on the ground closely."

     
  15.  
    0507:

    People along the north Wales coast have been warned to prepare for flooding. Natural Resources Wales said high tide will peak in east Anglesey at 11:30 GMT which could combine with winds to form a 1m (3ft) storm surge.

     
  16.  
    0509:

    Read about the situation in Scotland and the UK as a whole.

     
  17.  
    0527: Latest from the BBC Weather Centre:

    Gusts of 81 knots (93.2mph) have been recorded at Loch Glascarnoch in the Highlands and 71 knots (81.7mph) at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

     
  18.  
    0537:

    Live roads information is available on the Traffic Scotland website.

     
  19.  
    0540:

    Communities on England's east coast have been told to prepare for the most serious tidal surge for 30 years. In some places sea levels could be as high as those during the devastating floods of 1953 - although flood defences built since then mean many parts of the country are now better protected.

     
  20.  
    0548:

    Disruption is expected to trains in the north of England and Scotland on these routes: East Coast trains between York and Edinburgh/Glasgow Central; all ScotRail routes; First TransPennine Express trains between York and Newcastle, also between Manchester Piccadilly/Manchester Airport and Edinburgh/Glasgow Central; CrossCountry trains between York and Edinburgh/Glasgow Central; Virgin Trains between Preston and Edinburgh/Glasgow Central; many Northern Rail routes; and Grand Central trains between Sunderland and York.

     
  21.  
    0552:

    Here is a picture from the floods following the great storm surge of 1953 - people are rescued by boat from a street in Canvey Island, Essex.

    Great flood of 1953: Residents being rescued from flooded street, Canvey Island, Essex
     
  22.  
    0611:
    Bridgewater Place

    A major traffic route into Leeds city centre, past Bridgewater Place tower - Yorkshire's tallest building - will be closed due to fears wind speeds in the area could reach 75mph. Experts have raised concerns that a "micro climate" could create high winds at its base.

     
  23.  
    Kayleigh Townsend in Bradford

    tweets: Turns out my apartment is slightly terrifying in this weather...waahh

     
  24.  
    Amy Caldwell in Kilmarnock, Scotland

    tweets: Cannot sleep at all because of this wind .. RAGE

     
  25.  
    Ross Parkinson in Bradford

    emails: The wind here is very strong. Quite a few slates have come flying off the roof, our six-foot fence has collapsed and my bedroom window has been damaged. The curtain rail has been ripped off. This is the worst wind I've seen in this area for a long time.

     
  26.  
    0629:

    According to Traffic Scotland, the M74 southbound is closed from junctions 9 to 10 - Draffan to Wellburn - due to a "road traffic incident". It also says the A83 is closed in both directions at the A815 junction due to "adverse weather conditions".

     
  27.  
    0637:

    BBC Scotland correspondent James Cook says the M74 closure is due to an overturned lorry. Also in Scotland, the Skye and Dornoch bridges are closed, and the Kessock, Forth Road Bridge and Tay Road Bridge are all closed to high-sided vehicles.

     
  28.  
    Ashley Pilkington in Northern Ireland

    emails: I have been awake for five hours because of the wind is so noisy.

     
  29.  
    0653:

    The expected storm surge in the North Sea has led to some residents in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, being warned they may have to be evacuated from the seaside resort.

     
  30.  
    Jules, Leeds, Yorks

    texts: I've decided not to leave home till later. Bridgewater Place has been closed off, so it will cause traffic jams.

     
  31.  
    0656:

    Met Office amber warnings - which mean "be prepared" - are in place for much of Scotland and northern England due to expected high winds. A lower yellow warning level - "be aware" - is warning of snow for northern parts of Scotland.

     
  32.  
    0658:

    Many ferry services in Scotland are disrupted due to the weather. For updates visit the BBC travel news website.

     
  33.  
    0700:

    Scottish Hydro Electric say around 20,000 customers are without power, mainly in the north west Highlands. Pockets are also out on the Western Isles and Orkney. This number is expected to rise.

     
  34.  
    The Forth Road Bridge

    tweets: We're recording gusts of 78mph out on the bridge - please take care!

     
  35.  
    0705:

    In the Western Isles, Eriskay Causeway is closed. The council is monitoring the situation at all other causeways as the strong winds continue.

     
  36.  
    0707:

    Glasgow Airport says the high winds "may cause some delays or cancellations this morning". It advises passengers to check with airlines before setting off.

     
  37.  
    Traffic Scotland

    tweets: #Clackmannanshire Bridge - Now closed to ALL ... (eek quite close to us!)

     
  38.  
    0711: Colin Blane BBC News

    "Winds gusting to more than 90 miles an hour are sweeping across Scotland this morning. Weather forecasters say the wind strength in the central belt is expected to PEAK in the next hour. Rail and ferry services have been severely disrupted."

     
  39.  
    0718: Colin Blane BBC News

    The Met Office has recorded a gust of 106 miles an hour at Glenogle in Stirlingshire.

     
  40.  
    0719:

    The Environment Agency, which covers England and Wales, has more than 100 flood warnings and alerts in place. 18 of its 19 severe warnings - meaning "danger to life" - are in the Anglian region, with many relating to coastal areas of Norfolk.

     
  41.  
    0721:

    Moray Council says Speyside High is partially closed because some school buses are unable to run due to high winds. Pupils and parents are advised to consult the school's website for more detail.

     
  42.  
    0727:

    The first surges are expected on the north Norfolk coast at about 20:00 GMT with vulnerable places such as Wells Quay, Blakeney and Salthouses most at risk. A tide of more than 6ft (1.82m) above the normal maximum is expected at 22:30 GMT caused by severe northerly winds, the Environment Agency says.

     
  43.  
    Re-cap

    Here's the current picture in Scotland;

    • Network Rail will run only 40% of its normal weekday services today
    • Trains will also be slower, travelling at no more than 50 mph
    • More than 20,000 homes are without power - largely in the north of the country.
    • That figure is expected to rise
    • All of Scotland's bridges are either closed or are under travel restrictions
    • Ferries services are also being disrupted
    • There is flooding throughout the country, with traffic being affected in both Edinburgh and Glasgow
     
  44.  
    0732:

    Nick King from Network Rail says there are problems in the south-side of Glasgow with unsafe trees, issues with overhead power lines near Helensburgh, and flooding and debris on the lines in the Highlands.

     
  45.  
    0733:

    The bad weather has resulted in the closure of Ibrox Primary School, Glasgow City Council says. There will be a further update this morning. The city council says for more, keep across its twitter feed @GlasgowCC.

     
  46.  
    BBC Scotland correspondent James Cook

    tweets: The Met Office say they are checking a reading of a 141mph gust on Aonach Mor this morning. 3000ft up but still very windy.

     
  47.  
    0738: BBC Radio Norfolk

    tweets:‏

    We'll have reporters across the county this morning ahead of what the @EnvAgency say is an "extremely serious" and unprecedented situation

     
  48.  
    0746:
    A graph showing wind speed rising

    Measurements taken automatically at the centre of the Forth Road Bridge show wind speeds rising over the last 24 hours, with gusts faster than 80mph recorded since 06:00 GMT.

     
  49.  
    0751:

    Train operator ScotRail says that due to high winds between Glasgow Central and Neilston stations, services may be cancelled at short notice.

     
  50.  
    0754:

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued several flood alerts and warnings, but at present none are in its "severe" category - which is used for floods which pose "danger to life".

     
  51.  
    0756:

    The Kessock Bridge is currently closed to high sided vehicles, and the Dornoch and Skye bridges are closed to ALL vehicles. The A82 at Torlundy, the A830 Mallaig road, the A804 Fort Augustus road, the A86 Newtonmore to Laggan road and Grant Street in Inverness are all closed while debris is cleared.

     
  52.  
    0757:

    Scottish Hydro have enlisted extra engineers to help deal with 20,000 customers without power, says Morven Smith on BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland Programme. That number may go up, she adds. North West of Inverness is particularly badly affected and there are pockets of problems elsewhere in Scotland.

     
  53.  
    ScotRail

    tweet: due to high winds train services between Dalmuir and Motherwell via Bellshill will not be running

     
  54.  
    0804:

    Police in Lanarkshire say an accident at Hyndford Bridge has led to the closure of the A73 between Biggar and Lanark. Traffic Scotland is reporting several other road closures, including the A76 at Kirkconnel which is closed due to fallen power cables.

     
  55.  
    Traffic Scotland

    tweets: Police advice to public is not to travel on #A90 #A94 #A9 #A93 #A85 and #A984 due to trees and debris affecting parts of the routes.

     
  56.  
    0808: Scott MacLucas-Paton, Isle of Skye

    Power off since 06.30 after a huge electrical storm and gusts of wind measuring 102mph!

     
  57.  
    Laura Aitchison

    tweet: The amount of trampolines your hearing about rolling down the street on the news is unreal #attackofthetrampolines #scotstorm

     
  58.  
    0811:

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued 11 flood warnings throughout Scotland.

     
  59.  
    0816:

    Northern Ireland Electricity say that 4800 customers are without power at the moment

     
  60.  
    0818:
    The BBC's Laura Bicker reports from a windy beach

    BBC Scotland correspondent Laura Bicker braves high winds at Saltcoats on the Ayrshire coast to report the latest on the weather.

     
  61.  
    0822:

    Stirling Council is the latest local authority in Scotland to report closures. Ten primaries and two high schools will be shut or partially closed today. For more details go to its website.

     
  62.  
    James Cook

    tweets: Scottish Fire and Rescue "struggling to cope" with number of calls about falling masonry, fallen trees and road accidents. #scotstorm

     
  63.  
    0831:

    The Forth Road bridge has now been closed to all traffic.

     
  64.  
    0838:

    There are now 99 flood warnings and 23 severe flood warnings in place in England and Wales. 22 of the severe warnings - which mean "danger to life" - are in the Anglian region which covers much of the east of England. The Environment Agency has also warned that England's east coast should expect "the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 30 years".

     
  65.  
    0835:

    Glasgow Central station has been evacuated due to debris smashing the glass in its roof. No-one has been hurt and arriving passengers are being escorted from the station by station staff.

     
  66.  
    0841: Breaking News

    The entire Scottish rail network is being closed. Network Rail say it is not safe to run trains.

     
  67.  
    0850:

    ScotRail have said there will be no services until further notice due to the impact of today's storms.

     
  68.  
    0856:

    Scottish Fire and Rescue say they are struggling to cope with the number of calls they are currently receiving. They are dealing with reports of...

    • A person being trapped in a taxi in Bothwell Road in Hamilton.
    • Falling masonry, fallen trees and road accidents.
    • And a car going into a loch on the A816 near Kilmerfort in Argyll - but it is not known if anyone is inside.
     
  69.  
    0859:
    Troon road with tree branch hanging The scene on one road in Troon as commuters battled the elements to get to work
     
  70.  
    Newcastle Airport

    tweets: The conditions here are windy, but the pilots are very good at what they do!

     
  71.  
    0900:

    The A76 road at the south end of Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway has been blocked because of a fallen power cable across the road. Diversions are being arranged.

     
  72.  
    Graeme Shinwell in Bo'ness, Scotland

    emails: Roof damaged in gale. Seems a lot of damage throughout the town has been reported.

     
  73.  
    0900: Breaking News

    Transport Scotland has escalated its warning to Stage Four (Red Warning) which means "avoid travelling on the roads" in the south, west, central belt and into South Perthshire.

     
  74.  
    0903:

    Scottish Borders Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council have joined the list of local authorities reporting school closures. Power cuts have shut four sites so far.

     
  75.  
    0903:

    Police are advising high-sided vehicle drivers in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Scottish Borders, Fife and Forth Valley to "refrain from travelling in the current severe weather". A spokesman says: "Any vans and trucks currently driving in these areas are asked to pull over and wait for conditions to settle."

     
  76.  
    Alex Maclean-Bristol, Isle of Coll

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay Phones down on the Isle of Coll though the internet is still working. Winds beginning to drop thankfully.

     
  77.  
    0913:

    Update on flights affected - many British Airways services from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports to London are cancelled as well as some international flights.

     
  78.  
    0917: Breaking News

    ScotRail advises that ALL rail travel across Scotland is suspended due to debris on the tracks.

     
  79.  

    BBC weather presenter Matt Taylor explains more about the "storm surges" expected later. He says surges begin when a rising area of low pressure takes pressure of the surface of the sea, allowing it "bulge" upwards. "Then, as that pulls away, you get the very strong winds on the back edge of the low pressure and then that shoves that bulge of high sea levels down through the North Sea," he says.

     
  80.  
    Information

    Keep this handy Twitter list of councils, travel agencies, emergency services and other organisations which have the latest information on Scotland's weather disruption.

     
  81.  

    Michael Bremner took this photo outside Glasgow Central station - which has been evacuated due to debris smashing the glass in its roof.

    Michael Bremner
     
  82.  
    0927:
    Travel board This was the sign greeting passengers at Queen Street station in Glasgow this morning
     
  83.  
    0918:

    West Lothian Council says that Torphichen Primary School in West Lothian is closed today because of a power failure.

     
  84.  
    0932:

    Kate Marks, of the Environment Agency, which covers England and Wales, says: "The areas that we think are most at risk are north-west England on today's lunchtime tide and then the north-east coast of England from Northumbria and Humber down to Norfolk, Suffolk and Kent on this evening's tide and tomorrow morning's tide."

     
  85.  
    0933:

    A spokeswoman for First ScotRail said passengers on trains were being brought into the nearest stations and taxis were being arranged for them and in some cases, nearby hotels.

    "This is a controlled shutdown of the rail network," she said. "We are getting customers off trains and getting them taxis to where they need to be.

    "But we are letting them stay on the trains to make calls if they need to. We are not just chucking them straight off.

    "We are trying to do everything we can to support customers."

     
  86.  
    0935:

    The Redheugh Bridge in Newcastle has been closed because a lorry has overturned.

     
  87.  
    @jmullan01

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay mobile phone services down in cairngorms area. Many roads closing with fallen trees

     
  88.  
    Sara Frost in Oban, Scotland

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay Storm hits Oban-in my house alone 4 panes of glass broken + the garden furniture is currently flying around the next field!

     
  89.  
    0941:

    Travel problems are mounting in southern Scotland due to fallen trees - the A68 north of Earlston and the A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie road are both shut.

     
  90.  
    0942: Breaking News

    A lorry driver has died after his HGV was blown on top of two cars in West Lothian. The incident happened at 08:10 at Boghead Roundabout in Bathgate.

     
  91.  
    0946:

    Transport Scotland has escalated its travel warning to stage four red, advising people to avoid travelling. It said conditions are "extremely dangerous" on the roads and motorists will experience severe disruption and delays.

     
  92.  
    0947:

    A man in his 60s has been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after a tree blew down, landing on top of him in The Meadows in Edinburgh. The incident happened at 08:10 near Lauriston Gardens.

     
  93.  
    John Milne

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay was stuck on the southbound side of the forth road bridge, van was blown over a few vehicles in front of us,

     
  94.  
    0948:

    The roof of JJB Sports has been blown off at Straiton in Midlothian.

     
  95.  
    0951:

    Police in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are on alert to help the Environment Agency in an emergency period expected to last about 36 hours. Norfolk's Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall says a "co-ordinating group" has met twice to discuss plans, and asked the public to be "mindful".

     
  96.  
    0951:

    Police Scotland said pedestrians should stay away from tree lines.

     
  97.  
    0951:

    By 07:00 the Environment Agency (EA) had issued 140 flood alerts across England and Wales, with 3,000 properties expected to suffer from flooding in the next 24 hours.

     
  98.  
    Tree on line The level of debris and fallen trees contributed to the closure of the Scottish rail network
     
  99.  
    0955:

    A man has been rescued after a huge tree fell in Davidson Main's park, landing on his car at 08:10.

     
  100.  
    0956:
    ScotRail pic of flooded line Train operator ScotRail says the impact of the weather - including flooding on rail lines - will disrupt services throughout the day
     
  101.  
    0956:
    Tree down near Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire

    Tree down near Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire, from BBC cameraman Dave Rickard.

     
  102.  
    0958:

    In Lanarkshire more than 7,000 homes are affected, in Ayrshire over 3,000 and in the Lothians more than 3,000.

     
  103.  
    0958:

    Scottish Fire and Rescue say a chimney went through the roof of an Aberdeen house in Danestone, Bridge of Don, this morning. Structural engineers have been called in.

     
  104.  
    John Milne

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay fire engines trying to get through traffic stuck behind van toppled by 90mph gusts

    Photo: John Milne
     
  105.  
    0959:

    School closures continue to rise in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders - now 10 in total across the two south of Scotland regions.

     
  106.  
    1001:

    Northern Ireland Electricity says 4,500 customers are without power after high winds and flying debris damaged the electricity network. A spokeswoman says the company "knew this was coming" and has extra staff to deal with it.

     
  107.  
    1000:
    Bonnington Gait Pic: Morag Kinniburgh The cladding has been blown off the underside of a walkway through a building at Bonnington Gait in Edinburgh.
     
  108.  
    0959:

    ScottishPower says the biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines. While the wind speeds remain high, it is also difficult for engineers to work at height to fix overhead lines, it says. The areas worst affected by electricity supply problems currently are...

    • Lanarkshire, (over 7,000)
    • Ayrshire (over 3000)
    • And the Lothians (over 3000)
     
  109.  
    1003:

    Network Rail said all sorts of items had been blown on to tracks, including a trampoline.

    "We've had a trampoline on the line, items of garden furniture, trees and other debris," a spokesman said.

    "It's quite extensive."

     
  110.  
    1002:

    A tree has fallen onto a house in the Aboyne area of Aberdeenshire. No-one was injured and tree surgeons have been called in.

     
  111.  
    1005:
    Bus cover fall A bus drives over a fallen building cover on Union Street in Glasgow
     
  112.  
    1007:

    Police in Dumfries and Galloway ask drivers to "carefully consider" any journey before setting out. High-sided vehicles are said to be "particularly vulnerable" with a number of lorries blown over on the region's roads.

     
  113.  
    1009:

    In Scotland, Scottish Power said about 500 staff were working to fix the faults, including extra engineers drafted in from England.

     
  114.  
    1010:
    Central station Glasgow At 10:00 the huge iron gates at Central Station in Glasgow are closed

    BBC Scotland reporter Jamie Ross says there are no current plans to open up the station.

     
  115.  
    1011:

    Edinburgh Castle is closed due to "gusting high winds". Historic Scotland said it would review the situation at 11:00.

     
  116.  
    1012:

    The AA is warning drivers to avoid coastal routes where the "combination of high winds and flooding with sea water will be life-threatening".

     
  117.  
    1012:

    Inverinate Causeway on A87 fully reopened. Also A82 at Torlundy and A828 at Ballachulish are open again. The Eriskay Causeway in South Uist has also reopened, but police advise motorists drive with care.

     
  118.  
    1012:

    More than 20 schools in the Highland Council area closed to pupils.

     
  119.  
    1013:

    Stirling Council says 17 of its primary schools and two of its secondary schools are shut. The A84 is closed north of Doune and at Kilmahog, as is the A81 to B822 because of fallen trees and flooding.

     
  120.  
    1013:

    The Dounreay nuclear site in Caithness has been shut to all but essential staff. About 800 people work at the complex.

     
  121.  
    1013:
    Tree down

    A tree snapped in two due to the wind outside the BBC studios in Dumfries.

     
  122.  
    1014:

    Snow affecting the B976 Crathie to Gairnshiel road in Aberdeenshire. The road is currently "passable with care" but police say conditions could deteriorate.

     
  123.  
    1014:

    In Angus, three schools are closed due to power failures.

     
  124.  
    1015:

    The Environment Agency says that areas most at risk of flooding include the North Sea coast from Northumberland down to the Thames Estuary and Kent. The tidal reaches of the River Trent, Nottinghamshire, could also be affected.

     
  125.  
    1017:

    Northern Ireland Electricity now says 6,500 customers are without power due to damage caused by the weather. Also in Northern Ireland, a number of roads have been closed due to fallen trees and some ferry services have been cancelled.

     
  126.  
    1018:

    A woman has been taken to Hairmyres Hospital in South Lanarkshire after a tree fell on a taxi in Bothwell Road, Hamilton.

     
  127.  
    1018:

    The Southern General Hospital in Glasgow has been affected by the severe wind, with part of the roof around the helipad blown away.

     
  128.  
    1019:

    Police Scotland reported an explosion at an electricity substation in Coatbridge. No-one was hurt.

     
  129.  
    1017:

    The Thames Barrier was closed last night to protect London, and other defences and other defences have been activated at Colne in Essex and in Hull.

     
  130.  
    1019:

    Lorries have been blown over on the M74 at Douglas, South Lanarkshire, and on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute.

     
  131.  
    1022:

    The Friarton Bridge in Perth and Kinross is closed after a lorry overturned. No-one was injured and traffic is currently being diverted through Perth.

     
  132.  
    1022:

    Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK government's crisis response committee Cobra would be discussing the response to the storm. In a message on Twitter Mr Cameron, who is travelling back from China, said: "I've asked Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to chair a Cobra this morning on the storm disruption - ensuring everything is being done."

     
  133.  
    1025:

    Police say the storm has badly damaged the roof of a house in Dundee's Perrie Street. A chimney of a property in the Greendykes area of the city has also been damaged.

     
  134.  
    1026:
    The lorry was blown over on the A801, one mile north of the Boghead Roundabout in Bathgate A man died after a lorry was blown over on the A801, one mile north of the Boghead Roundabout in Bathgate, West Lothian
     
  135.  
    Jeremy Renwick from Oxford

    emails: On the cross-country train north. It has been diverted around Wakefield because of a tree on the tracks. The train is supposed to go to Edinburgh but will terminate at Leeds. I have my doubts it will even get there. Now I'm worried about getting back this evening!

     
  136.  
    1031:

    About 100,000 homes are without power across the country.

     
  137.  
    1032:
    Car in Quality Street, Edinburgh

    A driver had to be rescued after a tree was blown over in Davidson Main's park in Edinburgh at 08:10, landing in Quality Street.

     
  138.  
    Elaine Scott, Pitlochry, Perthshire

    emails: School closed due to power failure. Many homes and businesses with out power including Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

     
  139.  
    1033:

    ScotRail managing director Steve Montgomery told the BBC News channel: "We've had various problems, with trampolines, we've had haystacks on the line, we've had numerous trees and telegraph poles, right across the whole of the network in Scotland. We will gradually introduce services later in the day again but it is going to be a challenge for Network Rail to get out there and make sure all the lines are safe."

     
  140.  
    Transport Scotland

    tweets: Transport Minister @keithbrownmsp is at @trafficscotland Control Centre this morning as severe weather continues to impact roads

     
  141.  
    1033:
    Kirkwall pier

    This photo from Graham Campbell shows Kirkwall pier in Orkney getting a battering.

     
  142.  
    1035:

    BBC reporter Jamie Ross speaks to stranded rail passengers Anne and Andy Nicols from Glasgow. They were due to travel to Southport, from Central Station, for a two-day holiday, but are now unsure if they will go. Mr Nicols said: "We'll hang on for a while, and if nothing happens we'll get a Chinese buffet from next door and go home."

     
  143.  
    1037:
    Large parts of the meadows in Edinburgh are closed off for tree inspections.

    Large parts of the meadows in Edinburgh are closed off for tree inspections. A man in his 60s was injured when a tree landed on him near Lauriston Gardens at 08:10.

     
  144.  
    1038:

    Glasgow schools update:

    • Eastmuir Primary School closed due to flooding. It is hoped the school will open on Friday.
    • Carmunnock Primary School closed on Thursday morning to allow scaffolding safety checks. Expected to open as normal this afternoon.
    • Eastmuir Primary School has closed due to flooding.
    • Sandwood Primary School currently closed. Due to reopen this afternoon.
    • Eastwood Nursery and Buchlyvie Nursery Schools closed to pupils this morning. Both due to open this afternoon.
    • Ibrox Primary School and Nursery Class closed to pupils this morning but will re-open this afternoon.
     
  145.  
    David from Glasgow

    emails: Sitting in the middle of the North Sea on an oil platform - just had a gust of 98 knots (113 mph)!

     
  146.  
    1039: Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Scottish First Minister's Questions begins at Holyrood at noon and we're expecting Alex Salmond to give a weather update then.

     
  147.  
    1043:

    Homes worst affected by power cuts are in the Highlands, Tayside and Argyll, with road blockages affecting work to restore the supply. The number of properties affected is expected to rise during the day as winds move across from west to east, Scottish Hydro Electric said.

     
  148.  
    1042:

    Number of primary schools closed in Stirling rises to 19, with three secondary schools also shut and three nurseries. For full list log on to Stirling Council disruption

     
  149.  
    1044:

    Scottish Hydro Electric has mobilised 1,000 engineers and support staff and expects the majority of supplies to be restored later today.

     
  150.  
    1045:

    BBC reporter Jamie Ross, who is at Central Station in Glasgow, says Virgin customers are being invited for a free coffee at the Radison.

     
  151.  
    1045:

    Eight primary schools have now closed in Dumfries and Galloway due to the weather - Borgue, Carsphairn, Closeburn, Hightae, Kells, Kirkcowan, St Mungo and Tundergarth.

     
  152.  
    1046:

    A tree is partially blocking Redford Road in Edinburgh after it fell in high wind at 09:50.

     
  153.  
    1046:

    This evening's festive-related events at Aberdeen's Union Terrace have been cancelled because of the weather.

     
  154.  
    1047:

    Residents of a block of flats in Galashiels are being advised to stay indoors after debris was blown off the buildings into the quadrangle.

     
  155.  
    Network Rail
    Hay bails on the lin, Aberdeenshire

    tweet: Hay bails on line just north of Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire

     
  156.  
    1050:

    A tree is partially blocking the A701 Edinburgh Road at Glencorse Golf Course after it came down in high winds in Midlothian.

     
  157.  
    1050:

    A number of council services have been suspended in South Ayrshire

     
  158.  
    1053:

    Edinburgh Airport had no planes taking off between 07:30 and 08:30 due to severe weather conditions. As a result eight departures and eight arrivals have been cancelled. Several flights have also been diverted.

     
  159.  
    1051:

    Argyll and Bute Council confirms that 38 schools have closed due to bad weather. The council website also has information on school bus services not running and a number of road closures throughout the region.

     
  160.  
    1054:
    Tree on the line A fallen tree blocks the line at Gartshore
    Broken train window Network Rail tweets a picture of damage to a train, saying this is the reason it has shut the system
     
  161.  
    1054:

    Police Scotland say the B976 road, between Crathie to Gairnshiel in Aberdeenshire, is being affected by snow. They say it's passable with care, but warn conditions could get worse.

     
  162.  
    1054:

    BBC reporter Jamie Ross says a decision on whether to open Central Station in Glasgow will be made at about 11:00.

     
  163.  
    1057:

    All schools open in East Ayrshire Council area.

     
  164.  
    1057:

    Fife Council say there are no road closures in the area at the moment, but advise people to keep check for updates on the authority's website.

     
  165.  
    1058:

    Four schools closed in Orkney - Sanday, Stronsay, Shapinsay and Papa Westray.

     
  166.  
    1100:

    Highland Council says 21 schools are shut due to the bad weather.

     
  167.  
    1101:

    North Ayrshire Council confirms that seven schools are closed due to severe weather.

     
  168.  
    1102:

    Fife Council is also stressing that only one school in the area is closed, because of a heating problem, rather than being weather-related.

     
  169.  
    Tayside Police

    tweets: Tay Road Bridge is now open to all vehicles except double decker buses #scotstorm http://www.tayroadbridge.co.uk

     
  170.  
    1103:

    South Ayrshire Council confirms that Minishant Primary School is closed due to having no power. All other schools open as normal.

     
  171.  
    1105:

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 11 flood warnings throughout Scotland. Flood warnings are in place for Skye and Lochaber, Caithness and Sutherland, Tayside, Central Scotland, Fife and Edinburgh and the Lothians. The AA said its severe weather team was being deployed in Scotland to deal with coastal flooding.

     
  172.  
    1107:

    Darron Burness, head of the AA's flood rescue team, said: "Coastal flooding is particularly dangerous because of the risk of high waves and very fast-moving water."

     
  173.  
    1107:

    East Dunbartonshire Council says Twechar Primary School has been closed due to a power failure in the area.

     
  174.  
    1107:

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was responding to a high number of calls relating to fallen trees and road blockages throughout Scotland.

     
  175.  
    1108:
    Fallen tree

    Traffic Scotland says the A702 is blocked at West Linton by a fallen tree. Works are ongoing to remove it.

     
  176.  
    1109:

    Flights to Inverness Airport have been disrupted. One has been cancelled and three have been delayed.

     
  177.  
    garage

    The BP/M&S garage in East Kilbride lost part of its wall earlier this morning. Picture from Stevie McKenna.

     
  178.  
    1109:

    Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services are affected by the high winds and some flights have been delayed or diverted.

     
  179.  
    1110:

    West Dunbartonshire Council says Kilpatrick school, Gavinburn Primary, Clydemuir Primary and Brucehill Nursery closed. Other schools and nurseries open. The Play Drome pool is closed due to storm damage. It is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.

     
  180.  
    1113:

    All schools in East Renfrewshire open.

     
  181.  
    1115:

    Motorists in the Lothians, Edinburgh, Borders, Fife and Forth Valley have been warned not to drive until the high winds subside.

     
  182.  
    Forth Road Bridge

    tweets: The police have charged a number of drivers with careless driving for ignoring safety restrictions at the bridge today - don't risk it!

     
  183.  
    1116:

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service says its responded to 63 incidents in east Scotland between 07:00 and 10:00. Five were road traffic collisions, two were trees on vehicles and there were 12 reports of dangerous structures.

     
  184.  
    1116:

    Dumfries and Galloway Council reports 50 to 60 trees down across the A713 Castle Douglas to Ayr road north of Carsphairn. It is expected to take "several hours" to clear.

     
  185.  
    1118:

    The A836 Bonar to Lairg road, A82 at South Laggan and A86 Newtonmore to Laggan road, all in the Highlands, have reopened.

     
  186.  
    1120:

    East Coast and Virgin have opened trains for passengers to sit and wait in Waverley Station in Edinburgh. Overhead lines near Berwick are down and the bridge at Berwick is closed.

     
  187.  
    Colin Whitham in Ripon, North Yorks

    emails: 40-foot tree down in my back garden

     
  188.  
    1121:

    All schools in Renfrewshire open as normal.

     
  189.  
    1123:

    Police in Tayside say the Tay Road Bridge is now open to cars, with a 30mph restriction in place. The Friarton Bridge at Perth is open to northbound cars and vans, with other traffic currently being diverted through Perth city.

     
  190.  
    1126: Breaking News

    Police Scotland says it has reduced its road users warning from Stage Four to Stage Three, meaning "there is a high risk of disruption".

     
  191.  
    1125:

    BBC reporter Jamie Ross says a tree is on the line around Oxenholme in the Lake District, meaning there will be service disruption on the main west coast rail route when services do start up again.

     
  192.  
    1127:

    North Lanarkshire Council says Our Lady and St Joseph's Primary in Glenboig is closed due to roof damage. The school is making contact with parents.

     
  193.  
    1133:

    Highland Council reports that there are now 36 schools closed.

     
  194.  
    1135:

    The stage four "high risk of disruption" warning remains in place for Dumfries & Galloway region where Police Scotland say ongoing incidents and the continuing high winds make it advisable to avoid travel on the roads.

     
  195.  
    BBC Radio Humberside

    tweets: TRAVEL: Humber Bridge currently closed to all traffic. Ouse Bridge (westbound) has one lane blocked by overturned lorry.

     
  196.  
    1132:

    South Lanarkshire Council has 10 school closures mainly due to power cuts. Two primary schools which were closed - Carstairs and Wiston - are now re-opening.

     
  197.  
    Neil in Murroes, Angus

    Storm-force winds this morning in Angus, Murroes Primary School closed due to power failure & fallen trees on the roads in &and around the area. Very stormy, never seen the wind as strong as this before. My daughter has an unexpected day off school.

     
  198.  
    1141:

    Edinburgh Castle has reopened after being closed due to the high winds, while Tantallon Castle in East Lothian remains shut.The Scott Monument in Princes Street and Nelson Monument on Calton Hill are also closed due to the weather.

     
  199.  
    Network Rail Scot

    tweets: The damaging winds have now past, we are starting to assess the network for damage. We will only open lines when safe to do so.

     
  200.  
    11:44:

    For the latest news on the disruption in Scotland go to BBC Scotland's travel news page.

     
  201.  
    1145:

    BBC reporter Jamie Ross, who is at Central Station in Glasgow, is told that there are trampolines and garden sheds on the west coast mainline near Preston.

     
  202.  
    1147:

    Police in Dumfries and Galloway say they have been dealing with a "huge number" of weather-related calls and were "stretched to attend" all incidents during the morning rush hour. "At this stage we are unaware of anyone being injured over this period," said Sgt Alan Dillon. "The winds are now thankfully dying back however it will be some time before all roads are fully open and we are back to some form of normality."

     
  203.  
    Aberdeenshire Council

    tweets: Road temperatures dropping rapidly out in the Shire, gritters heading out - please be aware and leave extra time for journey where necessary

     
  204.  
    1149:

    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to give us a weather update at noon, when question time begins at Holyrood.

     
  205.  
    1151:

    At the peak of the storm Scottish Power said they had 50,000 customers off. They have now reconnected 24,000.

     
  206.  
    Police Scotland

    tweets: Travel conditions are extremely poor, with a high risk of disruption & delays for road journeys in Scotland

     
  207.  
    1155:

    Now the worst of the weather has moved on, Network Rail says it will send out proving trains to check the lines. It is hopeful of running some trains this afternoon but it will depend on what they find on the tracks.

     
  208.  
    1159:
    Lorry over
    Fallen tree
    Cables down

    Some of the problems on the roads across Dumfries and Galloway have been captured by BBC Scotland's Willie Johnston.

     
  209.  
    1159:

    First Minister's Questions is about to start at Holyrood, with an expected statement on the weather from FM Alex Salmond.

     
  210.  
    1200:

    FM Alex Salmond starts with an update on the weather. He say the government's resilience operation has been ongoing. He confirms one weather-related fatality. There has been significant disruption to rail and and roads, he adds.

     
  211.  
    1201:

    Mr Salmond adds his thanks to the emergency services for their work during the bad weather - particularly in light of the intense work they undertook following the Clutha bar helicopter crash in Glasgow last Friday.

     
  212.  
    1203:

    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont agrees with Mr Salmond's praise of the emergency services.

     
  213.  
    1202:

    Highland Council says 36 schools have been closed. All schools in Uist and Barra in the Western Isles are also shut.

     
  214.  
    1205:
    Tree blown down

    Gale-force winds in the Irish Sea have led to the cancellation of ferries to and from the Isle of Man, where police say a number of roads have been affected by fallen trees.

     
  215.  
    1205:

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service say they dealt with 190 incidents between 06:00 and 11:00 in the west of Scotland.

     
  216.  
    1206:
    Bathgate

    A lorry driver has died after his HGV was blown on top of two cars in West Lothian. The incident happened at 08:10 on the A801, one mile north of the Boghead Roundabout in Bathgate.

     
  217.  
    1207:
    Inverness Dark skies and snow over Inverness
     
  218.  
    1210:
    A children’s playground in Portstewart flooded with torrents of water

    A playground in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, has flooded as many coastal areas experience high water levels. Meanwhile the Christmas market at Belfast City Hall has been closed as a safety precaution.

     
  219.  
    Waves in Orkney The high winds have seen crashing waves in Orkney
     
  220.  
    1214:

    Flood warnings connected with high tides are issued for Grangemouth; Musselburgh Coastal; Kirkcaldy; Kinghorn; Rosyth; Limekilns and Charlestown; Culross; Longannet & Kincardine; Corpach and Caol.

     
  221.  
    1215:

    10 schools on the Western Isles have been closed.

     
  222.  
    1218:

    About 500 homes have been evacuated in Essex as England's east coast prepares for the most serious tidal surge in 30 years.

     
  223.  
    1219:

    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond returns to the weather story in his weekly Q&A at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. He says the number of schools forced to close due to the high winds stood at 195 at 10:45. However, he added that it was an evolving situation. He added that Transport Minister Keith Brown was in Transport Scotland's resilience room which was in full operation and was informing the public on school closures, transport disruption and power cuts.

     
  224.  
    West Yorkshire Police
    A lorry lies on its side on a dual carriageway

    tweets: This is what we've got on the A1, recovery on route but the northbound carriageway will be closed for a few hours.

     
  225.  
    1230:

    Earlier, a plane diverted to Newcastle due to strong winds was struck by lightning as it landed at the airport.

     
  226.  
    1229:

    Latest on Highland road conditions: Both the Kessock Bridge and Skye Bridge remain closed to high sided vehicles; the A887 four miles south of Invermoriston, the Tongue Causeway on A838 and Grant Street in Inverness are all still closed due to fallen trees and debris; the A87 close to the Bunloyne junction, A887 at Torgoyle and the B9006 at Loch Flemington are shut because of fallen trees and debris.

     
  227.  
    Gordon Holmes in Kirkcaldy

    tweets: Today we've had rain, gales, sunshine, hail, and now its snowing in Kirkcaldy. Four seasons and all that... #scotstorm

     
  228.  
    1232:

    Edinburgh's Christmas at East Princes Street Gardens and St Andrew Square remains closed due to high winds. The situation will be reviewed at 14:00.

     
  229.  
    Western Isles Police in Scotland

    tweets: Flood warning signs out on A859 at Creed Park. #Drivetoconditions #WIslesWeather #scotstorm

     
  230.  
    1234:

    Earlier, wildlife wardens were preparing to protect seals pups from high tides at Donna Nook in Lincolnshire, after dozens died because of a tidal surge two years ago.

     
  231.  
    1236:

    Residents in low lying parts of Norfolk have been told to prepare to leave their homes on Thursday night because of predicted floods. The Environment Agency said a tide of more than 6ft (1.8m) above the normal maximum is expected at 22:30 caused by severe northerly winds.

     
  232.  
    1233:
    Virgin travel, grab from website The Virgin website made clear there was disruption to many of its UK services

    Virgin Trains says no services will run north of Carlisle until further notice and onward travel by any means cannot be guaranteed.

     
  233.  
    1238:

    Thousands of homes in Seaham, County Durham, are without power.

     
  234.  
    1238:
    Flooded sea front Police closed some seafront roads along the north Wales coast on Thursday

    Severe flood warnings have been issued on the north Wales coast with residents urged to evacuate in two areas.

     
  235.  
    1241:

    The Big Wheel in Edinburgh's Princes Street gardens will start at 16:00 once all the pods have been reattached after they were removed for safety reasons.

     
  236.  
    1247:
    A tree decorated for Christmas broken by the wind outside Stormont, Northern Ireland

    A tree decorated for Christmas outside Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland Assembly, has been broken by the wind.

     
  237.  
    1247:
    Longsight, car crushed by tree A driver escaped without serious injury when a tree fell on his van

    A van driver suffered only minor injuries when a 70ft (20m) tree crashed onto his windscreen while he was travelling along Birchfields Road in Longsight, Manchester, at about 10:00 on Thursday.

     
  238.  
    1248:

    Airline Loganair says all flights in and out of Orkney have been grounded and adds that high winds damaged the rudder on one of its Islander aircraft as it was being taxied to the hangar. The airline says a revised schedule may be operated on Friday, if conditions improve.

     
  239.  
    1250:

    ScottishPower says 22,000 homes are currently without power across its network area.

     
  240.  
    1254:
    Taxi with roof off

    Emergency services had to slice the roof off a taxi after it was struck in Hamilton. Two people were injured.

     
  241.  
    1251:

    ScottishPower says 50,000 homes in Southern Scotland were affected, and has now managed to reconnect 28,000.

     
  242.  
    Hazel in Yorkshire

    Besides this I have fence down, fruit cage broke, glass smashed panes out of greenhouse..#UKStorm stay safe all x pic.twitter.com/LRVUGlhxgX

     
  243.  
    1252:

    BBC weather presenter Matt Taylor said "storm surges" were expected later. He explained that surges begin when a rising area of low pressure takes pressure off the surface of the sea, allowing it "bulge" upwards. He added: "Then, as that pulls away, you get the very strong winds on the back edge of the low pressure and then that shoves that bulge of high sea levels down through the North Sea."

     
  244.  
    Abbie Archer in Edinburgh
    Edinburgh Park

    tweeted this photo of a train station notice board in Edinburgh Park.

     
  245.  
    East Coast Trains

    tweets: Here is an image of @networkrail teams clearing the line at Warkworth, between Morpeth and Alnmouth. #UKStorm pic.twitter.com/QbX7rD9DXb

     
  246.  

    Here is a gallery of photographs of the storms in Scotland.

     
  247.  
    1256:

    ScottishPower says the main problems have been uprooted trees and other debris blown onto overhead power lines, which has damaged or brought them down in some cases.

    The power company said the areas worst affected by electricity supply problems are:

    • Dumfries and Galloway (more than 5,000 homes)
    • Lanarkshire (more than 4,000 homes)
    • The Borders (5,000 homes)
    • Lanarkshire (4,000 homes)
    • Ayrshire (3,000 homes)

    The company also says faults have been reported across most areas including Central, Fife and the Lothians.

     
  248.  
    1259:

    ScottishPower says 500 engineers are trying to fix faults and has drafted in extra help from England and cancelled non-essential maintenance work to cope.

     
  249.  
    David Harrison, BBC Radio Humberside

    tweets: A tree is blocking part of the rail line at Gilberdyke affecting train services #UKstorm

     
  250.  
    1301:
    Fallen tree on car A car under a fallen tree on the A9006 near Gollanfield, near Nairn, in the Highlands. Police said no-one was thought to have been badly hurt in the incident
     
  251.  
    1301:

    ScottishPower says it's "unlikely" that everyone's electricity supplies will be restored today, because some road access is being blocked by fallen trees, and high winds are preventing engineers from climbing electricity poles.

     
  252.  
    Arriva Trains Wales

    tweets: #UKStorm - All lines have now reopened in the Shrewsbury area. Trains may still be delayed by up to 80 minutes.

     
  253.  
    1301:

    There have been reports of flooding in Portstewart, Co Antrim, after waves - some as big as 20ft - battered the promenade.

     
  254.  
    BBC Radio Leeds

    tweets:Winds damage #Bramley Shopping Centre. 80 nearby homes also evacuated.

     
  255.  
    1302:

    In Belfast city centre, the Christmas market was temporarily closed because of the high winds.

     
  256.  
    Neil Cuthburt in Edinburgh

    tweets: That's the #snow started here in #Morningside. #ScotStorm just got whole lot worse!

     
  257.  
    1309:

    Some good news - bin collection and street cleaning services are back up-and-running in South Ayrshire. However, the local council says there won't be any routine housing repairs until next Monday, so it can concentrate on emergency repairs.

     
  258.  
    1309:

    Police warn of deep flood water on the A942 Buckie to Portessie road near Ianstown.

     
  259.  

    Mark from Hamilton emails: "I am currently in hospital at Hairmyres [East Kilbride, Lanarkshire] and I can confirm that due to the bad weather parts of the roof have sheered off and landed in the car park. The back of the hospital has been closed and on a walk earlier lots of ceiling tiles had been displaced. "

     
  260.  
    David Cameron, Prime Minister

    tweets: With homes evacuated, transport disrupted & power cuts - I'm ensuring all Govt depts and agencies are doing all they can to help with storm

     
  261.  
    1315:

    All schools across Shetland are closed tomorrow because of the bad weather forecast.

     
  262.  
    Lorna in Glenrothes, Fife
    Snow in Glenrothes

    tweets: The snow is properly going for it #scotstorm

     
  263.  
    1318:

    There has been a partial building collapse on a trading estate in north Hull. At this stage there are no reports of injuries, but a number of cars have been damaged.

     
  264.  
    1320:

    Flooding is expected in north east Lincolnshire after 17:00. Humberside Police are preparing for the consequences.

     
  265.  
    Network Rail Scot

    tweets: Glasgow Central station is now re-opened to the public. @NetworkRailGLC

     
  266.  
    1326:

    First Minister Alex Salmond said the Scottish government's resilience operation is under way. Transport Minister Keith Brown is in the Transport Scotland control room where he will remain until the emergency passes.

     
  267.  
    Gordon Kennedy, Perth

    emails: My elderly parents have been stuck for over five hours in a traffic jam travelling between Dunfermline and Kinross caused by an accident on the Friarton Bridge involving a lorry.

     
  268.  
    1338: Jim Hume MSP
    Rail route

    tweets: Strong winds causing havoc for rail travellers and farmers !!!

     
  269.  
    ScotRail

    tweets: Some good news. @NetworkRailSCOT has checked the Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street line. It's safe&trains will re-start on this line from 1330

     
  270.  
    1344:

    Scottish Borders Council says two school buses were involved in collisions with fallen trees, en route to Kelso and Peebles High Schools, but "thankfully no injuries were reported".

     
  271.  
    1344:

    The weather has caused a lot of problems in the Scottish borders, including travel disruption, loss of power and school closures. Scottish Borders Council emergency planning officer Jim Fraser, said: "We had a challenging and busy period from 0730 through until 11:00. "We had reports of around 100 trees that had fallen due to the strong winds, which caused disruption to travel. A van was also blown over on the A68 near Lauder and a road sign came down on the same road near the Ravenswood roundabout. Around 5,000 properties are currently without power in various parts of the region and some of our schools didn't open today as a result of these power issues."

     
  272.  
    1347:

    Scottish Borders Council says freezing conditions are forecast from 14:00 and an "amber weather warning" will stay in place until 16:00, although winds are still expected to ease during the afternoon. The local authority also warned of a "medium coastal flood risk" at Eyemouth during high tide at 16:00 and 04:00 on Friday.

     
  273.  
    1349:

    Half-hourly ScotRail services resumed at 13:30 in both directions between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

     
  274.  
    1348:

    Many people trying to find updates on the Environment Agency website are encountering "error" messages when trying to download.

     
  275.  
    1351:

    Train operator ScotRail says services between Edinburgh and North Berwick have resumed, adding: "There will be a gradual, phased introduction of other routes when Network Rail gives us the green light that lines have been declared safe and free of debris."

     
  276.  
    1353:
    Flooding in Glasgow The sun is now out in Glasgow, but drivers are still encountering flooding on the city's roads
     
  277.  
    Traffic Scotland

    tweets: #Erskine Bridge remains closed, no estimation at moment - situation remains under review in line with the current weather

     
  278.  
    David Harrison, BBC Radio Humberside

    tweets: M181 Southbound in Scunthorpe is closed due to overturned vehicle between A18 Doncaster Road / A1077 and M180 #HumberFlood #UKstorm

     
  279.  
    1354:

    A 41-year old-man has been taken to hospital with suspected broken bones after he was hit by a hoarding which had come loose in the wind in Furnival Street, Sheffield, at about midday. Fire crews are at the scene working to make the area safe.

     
  280.  
    National Rail

    tweets: The following ScotRail routes have resumed: Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh, Edinburgh - North Berwick #UKStorm

     
  281.  
    1357:

    About 6,000 homes in Cumbria are without power because high winds have damaged overhead cables, Electricity North West says.

     
  282.  
    Alex McHugh in Leeds

    emails: A large part of the roof at Leeds Grand Mosque has been blown off and although it hasn't reached the pavement, members of the fire service are advising passers by to cross the road in order to keep clear of any potential hazards from the metal debris.

     
  283.  
    Tara

    tweets: Bit of 5ft long lead piping blew off roof of my work, hit our window & managed Not to decapitate someone before landing. #scotstorm

     
  284.  
    1405:

    The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham has been closed until 16:00 on health and safety grounds because of strong winds.

     
  285.  
    1406:

    Just a few moments ago the sun was shining in Glasgow, but now the snow is coming thick and fast - that's the Scottish weather for you.

     
  286.  
    Virgin Trains

    tweets: UPDATE: Contrary to some media reports, Glasgow Central station remains CLOSED due to damage caused by the severe weather. #scotstorm

     
  287.  
    1411:

    More than 1,000 homes in Suffolk are to be evacuated ahead of tonight's tidal surge. Suffolk County Council said where possible, people living in areas that have been issued severe flood warnings should make arrangements to stay with family or friends outside of the affected areas.

     
  288.  
    1413:

    Emergency accommodation, in sports and village halls, is being arranged by the local authority in Suffolk for people who have no alternative place to stay. Police in the region are in the process of visiting properties in the affected areas asking people to leave their homes. Officers have also anticipated that a number of roads will be closed later today due to flooding.

     
  289.  
    1425:
    Photo: Andy Smith

    Andy Smith, 25, from New Brighton in Merseyside, took this photo at 13:30 during high tide. He was staying in an apartment near the sea-front and watching the people coming out of the cinema complex, Hungry Horse pub and Travellodge as the buildings flooded.

     
  290.  
    1426:

    The River Ness, swollen by heavy rain, has burst its banks where construction on flood prevention barriers is taking place near Huntly Street in Inverness.

     
  291.  
    Charlie Tilly in Newcastle

    tweets: Found a massive piece of someone's roof in my garden. Can't see anyone without a roof though. #scotstorm

     
  292.  
    1426:

    The Environment Agency has issued 28 multiple severe flood warnings - the highest possible warning, meaning floods could endanger people's lives.

     
  293.  
    Darren Ellis from Birmingham

    emails: It took me 10 hours to get to Edinburgh to deliver a vehicle. It was horrendous from the moment I hit Carlisle. I thought leaving so early would have helped, but alas no. I witnessed a HGV on the southbound M74 go over on its side. It is crazy here at Waverley St, Edinburgh.

     
  294.  
    1428:

    An easyJet flight from Gatwick to Glasgow to Glasgow was forced to abort two landing attempts in Scotland before being diverted to Manchester. A spokeswoman for the airline confirmed that the flight, carrying 112 passengers and six crew, was diverted due to adverse weather.

     
  295.  
    1429:

    Latest on condition of Highland roads: Police say the Kessock Bridge and Dornoch Bridge remain closed to high sided vehicles. The Skye Bridge is now open to all vehicles. The majority of roads have now been re-opened with the only exception being the A86 near Roybridge which is closed due to debris.

     
  296.  
    1430:

    Here is a list of the 28 places in north Wales, Kent, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk that have been issued with severe flood warnings:

    • The Essex coast from Clacton to Lee Wick
    • The Norfolk coast at Walcott
    • Some riverside properties on the estuary of the River Deben in Suffolk
    • Waterside properties in Mistley, Essex and Brantham, Suffolk
    • The quay area in Ipswich, Suffolk
    • Felixstowe Ferry and the quay at Bawdsey in Suffolk
    • The Deben Marshes, near to Felixstowe Ferry, in Suffolk
    • West Mersea, The Strood and adjacent marshland, in Essex
    • Southwold and surrounding marshes in Suffolk
    • The villages of Snape and Iken and surrounding marshland in Suffolk
    • The Suffolk village of Blythburgh
    • The seaside area of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness in Suffolk
    • The Riverside Business Park and Kirkley near Lowestoft in Suffolk
    • Oulton Broad near Lowestoft in Suffolk
    • The south bank of Lake Lothing, Bourne Business Park and Mutford Lock, near Lowestoft in Suffolk
    • The north bank of Lake Lothing, near Lowestoft in Suffolk
    • Parts of the River Bure in Norfolk
    • Lowestoft seafront and docks, in Suffolk
    • Four severe flood warnings for different parts of the River Yare in and around Great Yarmouth
    • The north Norfolk coast at Salthouse
    • The north Norfolk coast at Blakeney
    • The north Norfolk coast at Wells quay
    • The quay area of Sandwich in Kent
    • The Greenfield to Bagillt area on the north Wales coast
    • Point of Ayr on the north Wales coast
     
  297.  
    1432: Breaking News

    About 9,000 properties are to be evacuated in Great Yarmouth as the Environment Agency warns of the worst coastal tidal surge in 60 years.

     
  298.  
    Shane O'Dwyer in London

    tweets: Might have to make a trip to Clacton. My aunt is being evacuated and we're the closest family she's got. #UKStorm

     
  299.  
    1434:

    Birmingham City Council says the German Market has not closed. They say some craft stalls have shut between Centenary Bridge and Centenary Square.

     
  300.  
    1436:

    Norfolk Police will visit the 9,000 homes in Great Yarmouth to advise people to leave their homes ahead of a storm surge expected tonight. Respite centres have been opened in high schools and the ill and elderly have been asked to call the council for help.

     

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