>SCOTLAND ENDURED 170 MPH ATLANTIC STORM CAUSING WIDESPREAD DISRUPTION, DAMAGE

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Strongest winds to transfer to Northern Isles tonight, turning much colder everywhere (Video Blog included!)

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SCOTLAND ENDURED 170 MPH ATLANTIC STORM CAUSING WIDESPREAD DISRUPTION, DAMAGE

Cairn Gorm Summit in the Central Highlands, elevation: 4, 085 feet experienced an astonishing wind gust of at least 165 mph

While a rapidly deepening Atlantic low pushed towards Scotland early this morning, the tough decision was made to shutdown schools across a large part of Scotland in anticipation of destructive winds which would cause massive travel issues, structural damage and powerloss. Well, this rash and extremely rare closure was justified when 80 to 100 mph plus winds roared in.

A selection of some of the highest winds recorded around the UK on Thursday are:

Cairngorm Summit: 165 mph
Aonach Mor: 145 mph
Glen Ogle 114 mph
Tiree: 90 mph
Dunstaffnage: 86 mph
Stornoway 85 mph
Aberdaron: 81 mph
Church Fenton: 73 mph
Edinburgh, Gogarbank: 69 mph
St Bees Head: 74 mph
Mumbles Head: 62 mph

Courtesy of the Met Office

Significantly low atmospheric pressure readings

Lerwick 957mb
Stornoway 959mb
Glasgow 981mb

Stories

Scotland storm blackout hitting thousands
BBC

 Huge gusts: Largs promenade is battered by winds as police advise the public not to travel

Worst storm for 15 years batters Britain as winds of up to 165mph lash the north and people are warned to remain indoors
DAILY MAIL

Blown away: A woman struggles to hold on to her umbrella as she walks in near hurricane force winds on the hills near Keswick, Cumbria

Strong winds lead to disruption across NI
BBC

Strong gusts: An easyJet plane is blown around in the wind as it lands at Edinburgh airport this evening

‘Red alert’: Police warn against all travel as 160mph winds batter Scotland
STV

Met Office researchers fly into the violent Atlantic storm affecting Scotland
MET OFFICE

Videos

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THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER

HIGH: 75° at Pompano Beach, FL
LOW: -9° at Eagle Nest, NM

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 57° (13.7°C) at Hereford (Herefordshire)
LOW: 29° (-1.8°C) at Fyvie Castle (Aberdeenshire)

TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 47°
LOW: 34°

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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