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Thousands without power after high winds in Scotland

Thousands of homes remain without power after high winds battered the north of the country, bringing major disruption to the transport network.

At the height of the problems more than 100,000 properties across the Highlands, islands, Aberdeenshire and the central belt of Scotland lost electricity as hurricane-force winds brought gusts of more than 100mph.

ITV News' Debi Edward reports from Stornoway:

Delays on trains as severe weather batters north of UK

Delays have been reported on trains travelling between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Newcastle due to severe weather battering the north of England and Scotland.

High-sided vehicles have also been advised to avoid the M62 Ouse Bridge between Margate and Chatham due to gale-force winds.

STV cameras were out across Scotland overnight, catching lashing rain and stormy waves crashing against the shore as the storm hit.

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Rush hour warning as gale-force winds batter Scotland

Strong winds are set to cause travel chaos throughout rush hour in Scotland - and will return again tomorrow, weather experts have warned.

Met Office chief meteorologist, Will Lang, urged people travelling this morning to prepare for disruption due to road closures and localised flooding caused by the storms.

Parts of northern England and Wales will also be affected by the storms Credit: PA

And, after easing off later today, gale-force winds are expected to return tomorrow when a second storm hits, affecting parts of northern England and Wales.

The winds will be at their strongest through the early hours of Friday and this brings the potential for disruption across Scotland, but there is a chance that strong, gusty winds could persist into the early part of the morning rush-hour as well.

We would advise anyone planning to travel during the early part of the morning and into the early rush-hour to be prepared for some transport disruption and check traffic and travel conditions before heading out to ensure you can make your journey safely.

– Will Lang, Met Office

Almost 70,000 homes without power in 110mph winds

About 69,000 homes are without power in Scotland as the country is battered by hurricane-force winds.

Gusts of up to 110mph were recorded overnight, causing blackouts across much of the north and island regions.

A power cut map by Scottish and Southern Energy shows where problems have been reported Credit: Scottish and Southern Energy

A spokesman for Scottish and Southern Energy confirmed that around 69,000 reports had been received so far - and they were expecting more to come in as people wake up and realise the power was off.

Engineers dispatched overnight to carry out repairs had to be called off until 6am due to the severe weather conditions.

It comes as ScotRail suspended all services until further notice, citing "safety reasons". The Forth Road Bridge is also closed to all vehicles after a van blew over in the early hours of the morning.

Network rail inspecting damage after 110mph winds

Network Rail is inspecting lines for damage caused by the hurricane-force winds which brought gusts of up to 110mph.

For safety reasons it will be necessary for Network Rail to inspect rail lines across the network for damage this morning before allowing passengers to travel on routes.

– ScotRail spokesman

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Severe weather warning: Winds up to 90mph to batter UK

High winds and storms are set to batter the UK at the weekend, with gusts of up to 90mph forecast to hit the country on Saturday.

A yellow severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of northern England and Wales, with the East and West Midlands also on alert.

A yellow warning of high winds has been issued for much of the UK Credit: Met Office

Gusts of up 90mph are expected in parts of Scotland, with the rest of the country braced for between 60mph and 70mph.

Experts have warned of possible transport disruption and blackouts, as well as the risk of structural damage, as the winds blow in. Large waves may also cause hazardous conditions along the coast, with lightning storms posing another danger.

The warning will be in place until 9pm on Saturday, with the winds predicted to gradually die down throughout the day.

Flooding and broken down trains cause travel misery

Flooding and broken down trains have meant more mid-winter misery for travellers with heavy early morning rain sweeping in.

Rail services in Wales and Scotland were affected by the poor weather, with the Met Office issuing a yellow "be aware" warning for today, and a high probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and some snow continuing until Sunday morning.

To add to commuters' difficulties, three Underground lines had severe rush-hour delays, while drivers in Scotland, North Wales and the North of England were warned to allow extra time for their journeys due to ice on the road.

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