Storm Caroline: Tay Road Bridge closed to high-sided vehicles as winds hit area

Winds may cause disruption to commuters.

Motorists are being urged to plan ahead as Storm Caroline batters Dundee and Tayside.

As a result of the strong winds already hitting the area, the Tay Road Bridge has been closed to high-sided vehicles, motorbikes and pedestrians.

Cars, vans and single deck busses may cross, but a 30mph speed limit has been put in place.

Winds of around 60 to 70mph are expected across the board today with gusts of up to 80mph – enough to close the bridge completely – a possibility.

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be alert’ warning for strong winds across the region, and most of Scotland, warning: “Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to much of Scotland and parts of the north of Northern Ireland on Thursday.

“Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80 mph possible over high ground and around exposed coasts.

“Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

“Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible.

“It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.”