Storm Bella in Scotland as Met Office issues Yellow Warning


70mph winds and heavy rain mark the arrival of Storm Bella on the Scottish shores and Ireland. The Met Office issued a warning that covers much of the country.  Forecasters are warning that Storm Bella will drive strong gales and rain torrents across Western Scotland. 

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To be more precise, the Scots should brace for strong winds of up to 70 mph along the exposed coastal areas experiencing heavy downpours. 

Yellow warnings indicate a high likelihood of localized flooding and travel disruptions. The weather can also cause power line disruption affecting the coastal stretches from Cape Wrath to Helensburgh - with downpours to follow on Sunday and Monday. 

In Ayshire, train disruptions due to heavy weather were witnessed at Saltcoats. In the Southwest, windy weather accompanied by powerful coastal gales is expected. 

At 10 am on Sunday, a second weather alert was issued in anticipation of snow and ice till Monday morning. The same conditions are expected over Glasgow and the border areas to the west. Calm and cold conditions are expected over the United Kingdom through Christmas. 

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According to the weather department, people are advised to remain indoors, keep warm, and look forward to a washout on St. Stephen’s Day. Some forms of localized flooding are expected in parts of Ireland as the stormy rains drift southwards. 

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency gave a warning of a potential disruption to air travel resulting from flooding of low-lying land. By the last count, there were13 flood alerts and seven warnings across Scotland. 

Areas that have received flood alerts are; Dumfries and Galloway, central, Ayrshire and Arran, Tayside, Easter Ross, and Great Glen, Orkney, Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside, Argyll and Bute, Caithness and Sutherland, Wester Ross,  Skye and Lochaber, Western Isles, and West Central Scotland. 

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