Parts of the UK battered by Storm Ophelia

Parts of the UK battered by Storm Ophelia
Parts of the UK remain in the grip of high-speed winds which are causing travel disruption as Storm Ophelia continues to sweep through the country.

As winds tear in from Ireland – which took the brunt of the battering on Monday – areas of Scotland are now experiencing testing conditions, with Dumfries and Galloway recording of gusts up to 77mph on Tuesday.

Flood warnings are also in place on Scotland’s west coast, while parts of northern England experienced rush hour problems with fallen trees and challenging road conditions.

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On Monday in Ireland, three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power.

Then at around 4am on Tuesday morning, the front of a block of flats was brought down in high winds as the storm hit Scotland. The block in south Glasgow had been earmarked for partial demolition.

A day earlier in Glasgow a lorry was overturned due to high winds, leading to huge tailbacks on the M77.

Later in Cumbria, part of the roof of a stand at National League team Barrow AFC was also ripped off by the wind.

Signs of further impact had begun to emerge ahead of Tuesday rush hour, as train operator Northern reported several trees blocking its line between Halifax and Bradford Interchange in West Yorkshire.

There was a further report of a landslip on the line and commuters were warned poor road conditions could further hit rail replacement services.

Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland, northwest England and northwest Wales are now no longer covered by the warning, but south west Scotland, parts of north east England and Yorkshire are still subject.

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Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said commuters should continue to expect “very gusty conditions”, with winds of up to 70mph.

He said: “The strong winds will continue but should moderate a little bit compared to what we have seen.

“There's still a risk of gales and it's still strong enough to cause disruption, but a little bit down on what we have seen.”

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