There is a warning of ‘danger to life’ in Dundee after a warning for wind was upgraded to amber.
The Tele reported yesterday that the whole of Scotland had been placed under a yellow warning for wind tomorrow.
The Met Office has now upgraded that warning to an amber level for Dundee, Fife and parts of Perthshire and Angus.
The previous warning related to the remnants of Hurricane Helene, which is sweeping into the UK after forming in Cape Verde earlier this month.
Now, the Met Office is causing tomorrow’s wind event Storm Ali, a front in its own right.
The warning, valid between 8am and 5pm, says: “Storm Ali is expected to bring a very windy spell of weather with gusts of 65-75 mph inland.
“Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life
“Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or damage through falling trees and branches breaking
“Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
“Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
“Some roads and bridges likely to close
“Large waves could affect coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.”
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The warning added: “Storm Ali will bring a spell of very strong winds to Northern Ireland from early on Wednesday morning, before these strong winds spread to far northwest England and central and southern Scotland by late morning.
“Strong winds will be accompanied by heavy squally showers. Some areas, especially high ground and coastal regions, including within the Central Belt, could see gusts of 80 mph at times.
“Winds will ease from the west through the afternoon.”
Even before the amber upgrade, a warning for disruption on Tay Road Bridge and subsequent congestion in Dundee city centre had been issued.
Xplore Dundee tweeted: “High winds forecast for Wednesday. Please be aware in advance that any resulting restrictions on Tay Road Bridge will likely result in traffic delays in and around the city centre.
“Consider leaving the car at home and taking the bus to lessen potential strain on the roads.”