Malik Storm: Warning to stay out of the woods as an amber weather watch has been issued for 80 mph winds


The Malik Storm Watch warns of possible wind speeds of 80 mph on Saturday, January 29 from 7 am to mid-afternoon.

Forestry and Land Scotland is warning people to avoid the east coast forests, and Network Rail says trains will be affected, with speed restrictions on several lines.

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The Met Office says Storm Malik will hit Scotland between 7am and 3pm on Saturday January 29, causing disruptions across eastern Scotland, stretching from Elgin to Peebles.

Storm Arwen caused devastation

The forecaster says 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, with a good chance of power outages for some residents.

The Met Office said of the warning: “An area of ​​very strong westerly or north-westerly winds will cross Scotland on Saturday morning in association with Storm Malik before tapering off during the afternoon.

“The strongest winds are expected in the east of Scotland later in the morning.

High winds could bring disruptions and closures.

“Gusts to 50-60mph with a short period of gusts to over 75mph are likely, particularly for Moray and North Aberdeenshire as well as Lothians.”

Trefor Owen, Forestry and Land Scotland Director of Land Management, said unstable trees could present a high risk to anyone in forest areas: “Everyone has seen the impact of Storm Arwen and is aware of the damage they can cause. strong winds.

“Storm Malik is not expected to be as strong, but with many trees in our East Coast forests already unstable after the previous storm, the risk of more trees being damaged by the storm is high. There could also be damage to forests that escaped the worst of the impact of Storm Arwen.

“Members of the public have been very cooperative in staying out of previously affected forests.

“We would now ask that for the duration of tomorrow’s storm warning, people avoid visiting any of our East Coast forests for the sake of their own safety.”

Meanwhile, Network Rail says it will introduce speed restrictions on some lines, including on parts of the Dundee-Aberdeen, Aberdeen-Inverness, Far North, West Highland and Kyle lines from Saturday morning until late afternoon.

He added that the East Coast Main Line, the North Berwick Branch Line and the Borders Railroad will also be affected.

The speed restrictions are being introduced for safety reasons, as the forecast wind speed could blow trees and other debris onto the tracks and cause damage to overhead power lines.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail’s route manager for Scotland, said: “The safety of our customers and colleagues is our first consideration during severe weather.

“We are monitoring conditions very closely and have teams across the country ready to react quickly to any damage caused by the weather.”

An additional yellow wind warning is still in effect for Scotland and the north of England from 6pm Sunday to 12pm Monday.

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