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Storm to batter Scotland in wake of Hurricane Ophelia

High winds and heavy rains are expected to arrive on Monday after drifting across Atlantic.

Storm: Warning ahead of Hurricane Ophelia's arrival (file pic).
Storm: Warning ahead of Hurricane Ophelia's arrival (file pic).

Scotland is likely to be battered by high winds and heavy rain in the wake of Hurricane Ophelia.

The storm expected to arrive on Monday after drifting across the Atlantic over the weekend.

Winds of up to 60mph could hit the central belt and disruption on the roads and railways is likely.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the entire west coast of the UK and Northern Ireland, stretching almost as far inland as Inverness.

STV weather presenter Sean Batty said the exact course of the storm is difficult to predict.

"Ophelia is currently fairly stationary around 500 miles south of the Azores but is expected to start moving north east in the next 24 hours," he said.

"She'll move towards the south of Ireland on Monday and as she drifts north over cooler waters Ophelia will lose some of her strength and be downgraded to an extratropical storm."

Sean said forecasters will be keeping a close eye on the storm as it develops over the weekend.

"Going by current forecasts the storm is expected to pass north east across Scotland bringing some very stormy conditions and heavy rain," he added.

"There's a possibility of winds funnelling through the central belt on Tuesday morning bringing the potential for some low-level disruption and winds gusting 50 to 60mph."

More powerful gusts could hit more exposed northern and western parts of the country.

https://stv.tv/news/uk/1399861-great-storm-of-1987-10-things-you-didn-t-know/ | default

Ophelia will hit Scotland almost exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987, which hammered the south of England and killed 18 people.

The storm is also remembered for weather presenter Michael Fish's - technically accurate - claim the UK would not be hit by a hurricane.

He said: "Earlier on today, apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she'd heard there was a hurricane on the way. Well, if you're watching don't worry, there isn't."

Winds of up to 115mph hit England but the storm did not develop into a hurricane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnxjZ-aFkjs | youtube

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