Devastating winds bring Storm Caroline 'danger' alert

Aaron Brown
December 8, 2017

Met Éireann said Thursday will be bitterly cold overall, with gusty north to northwest breezes bringing showers over parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster by the afternoon.

Gusts of up to 110km/h are expected along all coastal areas today ahead of Storm Caroline's passage over the North West and North towards Scotland on Thursday.

"There will be devastating winds in some parts".

So far, the highest wind measured so far was in Scotland's Shetland Isles, at 93 miles per hour.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind and possible snow for London and the south east of England. "Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs", the Met Office said.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, while a loss of power in some areas is also possible.

As Caroline clears, the winds will swing round to the north, bringing colder air and the return to more wintry conditions.

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Storm Caroline hasn't even arrived yet, but weather forecasters are already predicting that there's going to be a massive dump of snow hot on her heels.

"However, there is also a yellow wind warning in force for the rest of Scotland and the north of Northern Ireland for Thursday, as gusts up to 60-70mph are expected quite widely there".

The Met Office said icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.

The strong wind alert is valid until 11.55pm on Thursday, with an amber warning for northern Scotland.

Gritters and patrols will also be deployed across the trunk road network with up to 8in (20cm) of snow and blizzard conditions forecast for higher routes on Friday and Saturday.

Storm Caroline will be the third named storm of the season for the United Kingdom, following Storm Brian that affected southern and western parts of Britain and Ireland on October 21.

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