UK storm warning as 90mph winds to batter Britain causing train and transport chaos

Storm Dudley: Met Office updates amber warning for strong winds

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The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the north of England and the central belt and south of Scotland. Winds could reach up to 90mph in coastal areas, with the amber warning due to come into force from 4pm on Wednesday.

The warning will be downgraded to a yellow warning from midnight until 6am on Thursday.

ScotRail announced its services would end early on Wednesday due to the arrival of Storm Dudley – which will be followed by Storm Eunice this week.

Services running in the far north, Kyle of Lochalsh and Aberdeen-Inverness lines will continue to run as usual.

Posting on Twitter, the rail operator said: “Scotland is bracing itself for Storm Dudley tomorrow.

“The welfare of our customers and staff is most important, so for safety reasons most ScotRail train services will shut down from 1600 on Wednesday.”

The RNLI warned adverse weather conditions could make seas “treacherous”, urging people to take extra care in coastal areas.

RNLI national water safety partner, Samantha Hughes, said: “The expected storms could make our seas treacherous, increasing the risk for those visiting the coast around the UK and Ireland.

“In a normal year, around 150 people lose their lives at the coast and we know that more than half of those never intended to be in the water.

“So, whether you are walking, running or cycling at the coast, please be extra responsible and avoid taking unnecessary risk or entering the water.

“In particular, we ask people to stay well back from stormy, wintery seas and cliff edges, check tide times before you go, take a phone with you, and call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if you or someone else is in trouble.”

Meanwhile, the Woodland Trust Scotland urged people to stay away from wooded areas during the high winds.

Spokesman, George Anderson, added: “Please do not enter woodland when winds are high and be cautious when entering woodland after a storm.

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“Even fully toppled trees are best avoided when newly felled as they are often not completely settled and still have the potential to move or tip.

“We know a felled tree can be fascinating, especially to children, but it is not safe to clamber about on or under them.

“Woodland Trust Scotland manages 60 sites across the country and, in the aftermath of any storm, public safety is our first concern.

“Where paths are blocked, we will have them cleared as quickly as possible but, in the meantime, we call on the public to heed all path diversions and safety notices on sites.”

National Highways Head of Road Safety Jeremy Phillips added: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve.

“If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.

“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.

“In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”

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