Storm Gertrude: London lashings

Storm Gertrude: London lashings

Another storm assaults Ireland and the UK, as London braces for high winds

Storm Gertrude is sweeping across the Irish Sea with winds of more than 100mph, leaving thousands of homes without power, buildings damaged and transport disrupted.

Road conditions are considered hazardous in many areas in the UK, and drivers are warned to take extra caution and avoid unnecessary journeys.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Drivers will need to take extreme care and slow down, especially on more exposed stretches of road.

“On Saturday, high winds will be combined with wintry showers, making driving conditions more treacherous. Disruption on the roads is likely, so motorists should listen for and heed all local weather warnings, expect their journeys to take longer than usual and, when out on the road, take particular care overtaking other motorists.”

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued more than 40 flood warnings.

Loganair said 11 flights in and out of Shetland scheduled for Friday have been cancelled because of the weather.

The Met office have the following warnings in place:

Region affected by Red warning:
Orkney & Shetland

Regions affected by Amber warnings:
Central, Tayside & Fife, Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian & Borders, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland, Strathclyde

Regions affected by Yellow warnings:
Central, Tayside & Fife, Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian & Borders, East Midlands, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, London & South East England, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, South West England, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber

You can watch a live webcam of the storm in Shetland here: www.shetland.org

While Londoners have thus far escaped the worst of Gertrude, there are gale force winds predicted for the capital and wider southeast early next week. Heavy rain will also fall across the southeast.

A Met Office spokesperson said on Monday Londoners would see “very windy weather with gales over exposed areas”.

Meanwhile in Co Antrim, Gertrude has pulled down the ‘Game of Thrones’ beech trees at the Dark Hedges.

The Co Antrim avenue, which featured in the second season of Game of Thrones was closed off after uprooted trees blocked the route.

The rural road is a stop on a number of location tours catering to fans of the series.

The fallen trees date back to the late 18th century and lead up to Georgian mansion Gracehill House.

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