Storm Henry to cause further havoc on roads

Storm Henry to cause further havoc on roads

Drivers are facing road chaos across Britain, with Scotland bearing the brunt of Storm Henry's 90mph gusts and gales.

Three major bridges were closed to motorists, who are being urged to check their routes prior to heading out on their journeys.

They have been asked to steer clear of the west Scotland town of Clydebank.

Motorists are being told that substantial jams are likely on the Kilbowie Roundabout-to-Mountblow Road westbound stretch of the A82. This is expected to be shut until Tuesday afternoon (February 2).

Experts are also warning motorists that a nearby 140ft tree presents a danger of falling.

The RAC has issued safe driving tips on how to drive safely in high winds .

Scotland's roads have been buffeted by gales exceeding 90mph.

Torrential rain and high winds have affected ferry routes, trains and roads, with some of the latter being closed due to fallen trees, according to Traffic Scotland.

The Humber, Forth Road and Tay Road bridges were all closed at some stage on Monday (February 1).

The latter recorded the highest low-level wind gust, with 100mph overnight. It shut after a 91mph blast before re-opening to cars and single-decker buses.

The Forth shut when winds hit 84mph before being re-opened to cars.

The Humber in England imposed speed restrictions and closed to caravans and high-sided vehicles after a HGV overturned in gusts of 49mph.

Met Office officials have issued an amber alert warning of high winds for most of Scotland. This means "be prepared". This alert is due to be lifted soon, however.

Highland properties constituted most of the 3,000-plus households who had no power overnight. Around a third of these had their electricity restored by 8.30am.

Electricity supplier Scottish Hydro has been on "red alert" standby in the Western Islands, Argyll, Skye and north-west Highlands. Vulnerable customers have been contracted to see whether they need extra help should they lose their electricity supply.

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