Storm Caroline is bringing the threat of injury and even loss of life to parts of the UK, Met office forecasters have said. It is feared that winds of up to 90mph in northern Scotland will also send debris flying, damage buildings and cause power cuts, the guardian reports.
Severe gales were beginning to strengthen in the area on Thursday morning and forecasters put in place an amber “be prepared” warning – the second most severe – for areas north of a line from Aberdeen, in the east, to the Isle of Skye, in the west.
Areas south of that line as far as the Borders, as well as the most northerly parts of Northern Ireland, were given the less severe yellow warning of high winds for most of Thursday.
“Storm Caroline is well on its way across northern parts of the UK,” said John West, a Met Office meteorologist. “There will be devastating winds in some parts. More broadly across Scotland, there will be 60-70mph gusts. But, in exposed areas, we could see 90mph.”
Train services in the north and west of Scotland have been cancelled, while Traffic Scotland warned of potential disruptions on the roads.
The Met office forecasters said in northern Scotland damage to buildings was possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs. Longer journey times and cancellations were likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected.
A North Sea platform shut down production due to safety fears over weather conditions caused by Storm Caroline. CNR International said it would remove all of the 159 staff on Ninian South, about 240 miles from Aberdeen, from the structure as a precaution.