Exact locations Storm Malik will hit Scotland today amid three weather warnings


Storm Malik is making its way through Scotland today, bringing strong winds with the strongest gusts of over 75mph to hit the east of Scotland.

The Met Office issued three wind advisories yesterday ahead of Storm Malik, later updating one to amber.

The storm will bring travel disruptions, flooding and power outages, several agencies including Scottish Power and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) have warned.

Weather warnings for Storm Malik cover the whole of Scotland with strong winds of 50-60mph expected.

The most damaging gusts will reach 60 to 70 mph inland, while strong winds of more than 75 mph could hit coastal areas, the Weather Bureau said.

PRESTWICK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 10: Waves crash against the seafront wall on December 10, 2014 in Prestwick, Scotland.  Strong winds and large waves hit the north west coast of the UK and Northern Ireland today.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Storm Malik will bring high winds, flooding and travel disruptions to Scotland from today

Weather alerts in Scotland began at 4am today and will last for three days until the end of Monday.

Here are the details of when, and how severely, Storm Malik will hit the country.

Yellow Wind Warning: Scotland, 4 am to 3 pm

Map of Scotland with two yellow warnings and one amber
All parts of Scotland are under weather warnings due to Storm Malik

Regions and local authorities affected:

Central, Tayside and Fife

  • Angus
  • Clackmannanshire
  • falkirk
  • Fife
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Stirling

Grampians

Western Highlands and Islands

  • western isles
  • Highlands

Orkney and Shetland

SW Scotland, borders of Lothian

  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council
  • scottish borders
  • west lothian

Strathclyde

  • Argyll and Bute
  • east ayrshire
  • East of Dunbartonshire
  • east of renfrewshire
  • glasgow
  • Inverclyde
  • north ayrshire
  • north lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • south ayrshire
  • south lanarkshire
  • west dunbartonshire
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what to expect

  • Some delays are likely for road, rail, air and ferry transportation
  • Some bus and train services likely to be affected, with some trips taking longer
  • Delays likely for high sided vehicles on exposed roads and bridges
  • A short-term loss of power and other services is possible
  • Some coastal routes, waterfronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray and/or large waves.

The Met Office says: “Strong westerly winds will bring some disruption to Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland and the north of England on Saturday.”

Gusts will reach 50-60mph and be as strong as over 75mph in eastern Scotland before tapering off through the afternoon.

Amber Wind Warning: East and North East Scotland, 7am to 3pm

Close up of East and North East Scotland on the map
Eastern Scotland is enduring the worst gusts from Storm Malik of over 75mph

Regions and local authorities affected:

Central, Tayside and Fife

  • Angus
  • dundee
  • Fife
  • Perth and Kinross

Grampians

  • aberdeen
  • aberdeenshire
  • Moray

SW Scotland, borders of Lothian

  • east lothian
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council
  • scottish borders
  • west lothian

what to expect

  • Road, rail, air and ferry services are likely to be affected, leading to longer travel times and some cancellations.
  • Some roads and bridges are likely to close
  • There is a good chance of power outages, with the potential to affect other services such as mobile phone coverage.
  • Probably some damage to the buildings, such as shingles coming off the roofs.
  • Injuries and danger to life could result from flying debris, as well as from large waves and beach material being thrown onto waterfronts, coastal highways, and property.
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“Storm Malik [is] bringing a period of very strong winds and disruptions to the east of Scotland on Saturday,” writes the Met Office.

Eastern Scotland will face the strongest gusts from Storm Malik.

Winds of 50 to 60 mph are widely forecast with the most severe winds to exceed 75 mph, particularly in Moray, North Aberdeenshire and the Lothians.

Yellow Wind Warning: Shetland, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Close up of Shetland on the weather map
Malik storm warning for Shetland is extended later, ending at 8pm

Regions and local authorities affected:

Orkney and Shetland

what to expect

  • Some air and ferry delays are likely
  • Some bus services may have been affected and some journeys may take longer
  • Some coastal routes, waterfronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray and/or large waves.

“Very strong winds may cause travel disruption on Saturday,” the Met Office warns.




www.dailyrecord.co.uk

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