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90mph winds as Storm Caroline forecast to intensify

6 December 2017

The Met Office has increase its storm warning to an amber alert, urging people to be prepared for potential danger.

Hurricane force wind speeds means flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or hazard to life.

Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs.

Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to the Western Isles and northern Scotland.

Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are expected widely with gusts to 90 mph possible in exposed areas.

The strongest winds will reach the Hebrides and the far northwest of Scotland early on Thursday, extending eastwards across the north of Scotland and the Northern Isles during the day .

Winds will be easing from the west as they begin to peak over the Shetland Islands later in the afternoon.

Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy through the day.

Longer journey times and cancellations are likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected.

There is a good chance that power cuts may also occur.

Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.