issued by the Metoffice at
Region: Highland & Eilean Siar
Headline: Storm Hector will bring a spell of very windy weather on Thursday with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely. What To Expect: There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected.There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris.Disruption to outdoor activities is also likely, with damage to tents, marquees and other temporary structures.
A very windy spell will develop during Wednesday night in association with a deep area of low pressure, now named Storm Hector. The strongest winds will reach Northern Ireland during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards across other northern parts of the UK during the morning. Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph in many areas and possibly around 70 mph in some exposed locations. Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon. In addition, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind with the highest rainfall totals over parts of western Scotland.Within the warning area, the greatest potential for disruption is likely to be in northern parts of Northern Ireland around rush hour on Thursday and later in the morning across southern and central parts of Scotland. It is possible that Amber warnings may be issued for some areas later on Wednesday or early on Thursday if this risk increases further.The warning has been updated to cover more of Northern England and to increase emphasis on potential disruption to outdoor activities.
The public is advised to take extra care, further information and advice
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