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As it happened Ended Tuesday 10 December 2019 16:39
Latest updates as weather warnings for ice, wind and rain issued across Scotland and northern England
Two lorries were blown over and three crashed as strong winds and heavy rain battered Scotland this morning.
It comes as yellow weather warnings for ice, wind and rain were issued by the Met Office across northern England and Scotland, with gusts of up to 50mph forecast.
Edinburgh Christmas Market and Edinburgh Castle were both closed due to the severe weather.
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Good afternoon, and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of rolling coverage of the gale-force winds and heavy rain sweeping across the UK
Two lorries blown over by wind
Two lorries were blown over by the wind as bad weather swept across Scotland on Tuesday morning.
The HGVs were travelling along the A1 when the incident happened between Innerwick and Skateraw in East Lothian at around 7.45am, leaving the road blocked in both directions.
Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were at the scene but there were no reports of any injuries.
Double decker bus blown to roadside
A double decker bus was also spotted blown to the roadside in Fife this morning.
Edinburgh Christmas market and Castle closed
Edinburgh Christmas Market and Edinburgh Castle were both closed due to the severe weather in the city today.
A statement on the Christmas Market’s website read: “This entry will be regularly updated to reflect the status of rides and attractions at Edinburgh’s Christmas as a result of inclement weather.
“Please note, weather conditions change quickly and although every effort is made to ensure this page is accurate and up-to-date there will be a time delay between closer/opening of rides and this page being updated.”
A1 closed to high-sided vehicles after lorries overturned
The A1 remains closed to high-sided vehicles from Old Craighall Junction to Berwick-upon-tweed, Traffic Scotland said.
It comes after two lorries toppled over on the road this morning.
Trains cancelled after waves crash over sea wall
Waves coming over the sea wall at Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, affected railway power lines, causing trains between Kilwinning and Largs and Ardrossan to be cancelled.
Flooding closed the line between Craigendoran and Helensburgh.
UK to avoid Storm Brendan despite strong winds
The UK is likely to avoid Storm Brendan on Tuesday despite weather warnings for wind remaining in place for parts of the country, the Met Office has said.
The South West of England and Wales were hit with gales of up to 70mph over the weekend after Storm Atiyah first hit Ireland on Sunday.
Trees were felled by the gusts, which also caused power faults in the South West and Wales.
Winds of up to 65mph to hit Lake District, the Pennines and Scotland
Winds of up to 65mph are set to sweep across the Lake District, the Pennines and Scotland, the Met Office said.
Dundee City Council closed due to power failure
Dundee City Council’s headquarters have been closed today due to a power failure.
In a series of tweets, the council said: “Limited customer services will be available for emergencies only, and can be contacted via 01382 434343.
“We are also encountering disruption to our IT systems today. This includes the council’s website and those of partner agencies, email and some internal systems.
High waves crash over sea walls and trip out power lines
High waves crashing over the sea wall at Salcoats caused power lines to trip out, National Rail Scotland said.
Heavy rain and strong winds to soak Britain on election day
The wet and windy conditions sweeping across the UK are expected to last until Thursday, when Britons go to the polls.
“It will be very wet mainly in southern parts of England on Thursday,” the Met Office said.
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Surface flooding disrupting commuters in Scotland
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has warned that surface flooding is already disrupting many commuters’ journeys. And there is a risk of further flooding as the rain continues.
SEPA said: “A band of persistent and heavy rain is again affecting large parts of western, southern, and central Scotland. This is currently causing surface water flooding affecting the transport network.
“Localised flooding is also possible from rivers responding to the heavy rainfall throughout the day. Typical impacts could include localised flooding of low lying land, roads, and individual properties, and disruption to travel.”
Glasgow train services disrupted as power lines damaged
Train services via Glasgow Central are facing disruption after damage to overhead wires, ScotRail said.
Gales to hit Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England
Further gales are likely to hit Wales, Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland this evening, the Met Office said.
That’s all today for our live coverage of the latest UK weather forecasts.
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