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Weather: STORM BRONAGH arrives today

Storm Bronagh brings us our second named storm in as many days.

An area of strong winds is likely to develop across parts of Wales and southwest England during Thursday evening before spreading further eastwards across England.

The strongest winds are then expected to clear into the North Sea early on Friday.

Most likely is that we will see gusts of 45-50 mph in a few spots inland as well as more widely around exposed coasts.

However, there is a small chance that stronger winds will develop in some areas with 60-65 mph gusts possible, particularly overnight into Friday across eastern England.

The strong winds will accompanied by short-lived outbreaks of very heavy rain in places.

Thousands of homes still without power in Scottish Borders

Storm Ali hits Dumfries and Galloway Tree down in Kirkcudbright Credit: Drew Geddes

Storm Ali has left thousands of homes in the Scottish Borders without power this morning.

Wind gusts of up to 80mph caused widespread damage to the electricity network across central and southern Scotland. Fallen trees brought down power poles and debris was blown onto lines causing outages across the region.

Around 5000 homes are currently without power in Scotland, with the majority affected in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Customers of Scottish Power are being told the issue may not be resolved for another three days due to the significant damage across the region.

High winds across most of the day and in to the evening yesterday meant that working conditions were very difficult. Blocked roads and travel issues also caused additional difficulties for our engineers.

Good progress has been made, but there is still a significant amount of damage on the network that engineers will face today. We will continue to work hard to reconnect customers as quickly as we can.”

– REPRESENTATIVE FROM SCOTTISH POWER

Scottish Power customers are advised to call 105 to get updates on power outages in their area, and encourage anyone in need of special assistance to make contact our customer service team.

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Weather: STORM ALI continues to bite

Storm Ali will continue to bring very strong winds to the region this afternoon and evening.

Some areas, perhaps most likely parts of southern Scotland and the far northeast of England as well as exposed coasts and high ground, could see gusts of 80 mph at times.

Winds will ease from the west later

Major incident declared in Dumfries and Galloway

A major incident has been declared in Dumfries and Galloway due to Storm Ali. The high winds have caused a number of problems in the region with more expected.

Emergency Services in the area are on standby to deal with any disruption caused by severe weather.

Storm Ali is set to ease this evening.

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