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Met Éireann issues Donegal with Storm Caroline weather warning

08 December 2017

Severe gales and snow showers have caused travel disruption, school closures and power cuts as Storm Caroline sweeps in to the UK.

Storm Caroline is expected to batter the United Kingdom with gusts of up to 90mph and poses a potential risk to life, the Met Office says.

Train services in the north and west of the country have been cancelled, while Traffic Scotland is warning of potential disruptions on the road.

Met Éireann issued on Tuesday and is valid from Thursday, December 7, at 3am until 8pm on Thursday night.

The Met Office said Storm Caroline will pummell Scotland with 80mph winds from Thursday.

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"There will be devastating winds in some parts".

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.

"The UK Met Office have named it Storm Caroline".

A yellow "be aware" warning is in force for the southern half of Scotland and parts of the north of Northern Ireland between 6am and 6pm as well.

Caledonian Sleeper trains suffered major delays after a freight train was hit by metal sheeting blown on to the line near Penrith early yesterday, with passengers arriving in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William four hours or more late.

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Flood alerts were in force last night for Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

The Forth Road Bridge and Tay Road Bridge are closed to double-decker buses while the Skye and Kessock bridges are closed to high-sided vehicles.

Scotland's Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: "With stormy weather expected across the north of Scotland we would urge people to check with their operators before they travel, especially if they are planning a ferry journey".

Nearly half of the 159 people working on the Ninian South platform, located 75 miles east of Shetland, have been removed after safety checks on its steel support structure.

There have been snow showers across high ground in Scotland.

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Met Éireann issues Donegal with Storm Caroline weather warning