Orcasters have warned of travel chaos as the first winter storm prepares to knock parts of the UK with 75mph winds.
The forecaster warned that there was a “potential” of injury or life-threatening damage from flying debris, with people causing damage to trees and buildings, public transport cancellations, road and bridge closures, power cuts and large waves. told to expect.
Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Day urged travellers to pay attention to the weather, adding: “The whole country is going to see haze conditions, but the Met Office is telling us that the eastern parts of Scotland especially Going to see. Some tough weather.”
Yellow wind warnings are also in place for most of the western part of the UK on Friday, extending into the rest of the country on Saturday.
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon told the PA news agency: “The worst-affected areas will be primarily along the coasts, with speeds exceeding 75 mph and long travel times, power outages, flying debris, and large wind speeds. Waves will potentially disrupt. , beach material being thrown around.
“There is also a yellow warning of wind from Scotland through the west coast of the UK as well as Northern Ireland and Wales and south-west England from 9am on Friday.
“This reflects the impact that Hurricane Arwen will have with strong winds on Saturday, when warnings are extended over much of the UK.
“The south-east and London, although can avoid considerable wind gusts and remain relatively calm compared to the rest of the country, will certainly feel the effects of the storm.”
He said Hurricane Arwen is moving over the North Sea and will begin traveling south before subsiding on Sunday.
The Met Office names the storms behind their potential impact, with Hurricane Arwen declared as the result of an amber wind warning.
Mr Dixon said: “As Arwen continues to cause disruption, there will also be a chance of snow in the coming days, especially in the highlands of Scotland and northern England.
“There may also be some snow in the lowlands of northern England, although this is likely to be short-lived and fall as sleet or chilly rain.
“It comes about as temperatures drop below freezing during the night in rural Scotland and parts of England.”
The RAC has advised drivers to prepare to slow down and be “very careful” for speeding vehicles or cyclists.
Spokesman Simon Williams said: “In extreme wind conditions, bridges can also close and trees can fall so it is important to allow extra time for travel.
“With colder conditions being predicted for strong winds, drivers should take the opportunity to prepare their vehicles for winter by checking oil and coolant levels, ensuring they have adequate good quality screenwash that Protects below minus 10C, as well as properly inflated tires with good tread.”
Transport Minister Mr Dey warned drivers of the adverse conditions, adding: “There is a potential for disruption on roads, especially on bridges, and people should check the latest information before they set off, drive on conditions should and should follow the advice of Police Scotland. The Traffic Scotland service details ‘wind-based’ closures for bridges on the trunk road network, allowing people to plan ahead accordingly.
“Motors should check with Traffic Scotland before making sure their route is available. The Traffic Scotland mobile website – my.trafficsscotland.org – lets people get the latest information on the move and the Traffic Scotland Twitter page regularly is updated from
“Since the circumstances are likely to disrupt other modes of transport as well, we are urging people to keep the weather in mind if they plan to travel in trains, ferries and flights.”