Storm Caroline: satellite images shows passing storm as winds batter Dundee and Tayside

A warning on the approach roads to the Tay Road Bridge this morning. Right: A satellite image from University of Dundee shows the storm

Winds of more than 60mph battered Dundee today as Storm Caroline continued its onslaught across Scotland.

The Met Office issued an amber warning for northern parts of Scotland, and a yellow warning — indicating “severe weather” — for the central belt, including Tayside.

A peak temperature of just 7C was expected for today.

After logging wind speeds of well over 60mph, the Tay Road Bridge put restrictions in place in the early morning, with only cars and single-decker buses allowed to cross.

Double-decker buses, high-sided lorries, pedestrians and cyclists were forced to seek alternative routes.

The closures were in effect for a number of hours and, at the time of going to press, double-decker buses were still being rerouted.

Alan Hutchison, manager of the Tay Road Bridge, said he and his team were ready to react to any weather conditions as required.

He said: “We’re expecting the weather to pick up until around 6pm. We would recommend that people keep an eye on our Twitter account and website for any updates.”

Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, said the storm was the result of colder air around Iceland “invigorating” several low-pressure systems to the north-west of Scotland.

He added: “The storm will move across the north of Scotland in an easterly direction. As it goes out into the sea towards Scandinavia, the winds will start to tail off.

“Some places will have some winds into Friday but it will be gone for most by the time we get to tonight.”

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said there will be the possibility of “isolated” flooding around the Tay at 5pm.

ScotRail services between Edinburgh and Aberdeen were suspended early today, with a replacement bus service running from the capital and a reduced service shuttle running from Dundee.

Virgin Trains East Coast also advised their services were running at a reduced speed.

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