Uk Weather Power Out And Trees Ripped From Ground As 250mph Jet Stream Storm Batters Country
Trees have been ripped from the ground, trains cancelled and families left with no power as the the UK is lashed by 100mph winds.
Around 75,000 homes have been left without power power in the Scottish Highlands because of ferocious gales stirred up by an extra-powerful jet stream triggered by plunging temperatures in the United States hitting warmer air in the south.
The winds are so fierce that a a 30ft tree was torn from the ground.
North Yorkshire Police tweeted a picture of the massive tree, which fell in York.
Police in Inverness said that several roads and bridges, including the Skye Bridge and Dornoch Bridge, have been closed in northern Scotland.
Chaos: The foul weather will continue over the weekend
Flood warnings are in place in central and northern Scotland and all schools in the Western Isles and Orkney have been closed as a precaution, with ferry and train timetables reduced because of the winds.
Heriot Primary in Paisley, Renfrewshire, will be closed today as its roof has been damaged by the weather.
Several ferry services have been affected by disruption or cancellations.
On the railways a reduced service was restored between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley at around 9am, with trains every half hour.
A ScotRail spokeswoman said: "For safety reasons, this morning it has been necessary for Network Rail to inspect rail lines across the network before allowing passengers to travel.
PAStrong wind: Police between junction 9 and 10 of the M74 near Kirkmuirhill, South Lanarkshire, after a lorry was blown over
"Some services have already been restored in a controlled manner, and we are continuing to assess the situation.
"Please check our website for regular updates."
Will Lang, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "The winds will be at their strongest through the early hours of Friday and this brings the potential for disruption across Scotland, but there is a chance that strong, gusty winds could persist into the early part of the morning rush-hour as well.
"We”d advise anyone planning to travel during the early part of the morning and into the early rush-hour to be prepared for some transport disruption and check traffic and travel conditions before heading out to ensure you can make your journey safely."
A gust of 110mph was recorded at Loch Glascarnoch in the Highlands, the Met Office said.
SWNSStorm damage: The back window of this car was smashed after being hit by barriers blown in the wind in Glasgow
Lashing rain is also to continue along the west coast today and over the weekend as a second storm is predicted to bring more gale-force winds tomorrow.
The bad weather led to delays to CrossCountry trains running between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Newcastle while in Kent a broken-down train at Westgate-On-Sea caused hold-ups to services between Margate and Chatham.
On the roads, high-sided vehicles were advised to avoid using the Ouse Bridge on the M62 in Yorkshire.
Police also shut the A1 between Durham and Chester-le-Street in both directions after a lorry lost its load.
A member of the road policing unit tweeted: "It”s very windy folks, please take care."