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Somerset feels effect of Scotland 'super winds' with power lines and scaffolding blown over

By IanMat  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Princess Victoria Street in Clifton is blocked from The Mall junction to the Sion Hill junction because of the collapsed scaffolding due to winds

Princess Victoria Street in Clifton is blocked from The Mall junction to the Sion Hill junction because of the collapsed scaffolding due to winds

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A CHILL wind and slate-grey clouds may look like winter weather in Somerset today. But it is Scotland and the North that is getting hammered.

As the Met Office predicted on Tuesday, the North is getting hammered by chill winds with reports of some reaching 100mph, prompting it to upgrade from a cautious yellow weather warning to a more severe amber.

In Scotland, a lorry driver died when his HGV toppled onto cars and all rail services have been shut down.

Schools have been shut and people are being urged not to travel.

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Here in Somerset wind speed is 20mph. Chill and noticeable, with a maximum temperature of 10C, we can expect rain - heavy in places, coming up from the south this evening.

Power lines have been brought down in Glastonbury on Fisher's Hill, between Hill Head, Butleigh Road and Magdalene Street. In Bristol Princess Victoria Street in Clifton is blocked from The Mall junction to the Sion Hill junction because of collapsed scaffolding due to winds.

One lane IS closed on the M48 Severn Bridge due to strong winds. The Matrix sign is set to 40mph.

What is causing the harsh weather? Steve Willington, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "A rapidly deepening Atlantic depression is forecast to move east to the north of Scotland during Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

"This will bring westerly gales to northern and some central parts of the UK, which will veer northerly and temporarily bring much colder arctic air southwards across northern areas before easing into Friday."

The combination of large waves, high tides and surge may also cause some coastal flooding in the Northern and Western Isles, some Irish Sea coasts and along the East Coast of England and southeast coast of Scotland.

John Curtin, the Environment Agency's head of incident management, said: "Impacts could include flooding affecting some coastal properties and communities. Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline."

Icy conditions may also develop on some roads across Scotland on Thursday night and Friday morning. This is expected to be a short-lived cold snap, with temperatures quickly recovering to near normal over the weekend.

Stay on top of the weather by checking our weather channels:

www.centralsomersetgazette.co.uk/weather

www.cheddarvalleygazette.co.uk/weather

www.sheptonmalletjournal.co.uk/weather

www.wellsjournal.co.uk/weather

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