Storm Hec­tor ar­rives in Dundee and Tay­side

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

DUN­DO­NIANS are bat­ten­ing down the hatches with the ar­rival of the full force of Storm Hec­tor in Tay­side to­day.

A Met Of­fice spokesman has said travel dis­rup­tion and struc­tural dam­age is a strong pos­si­bil­ity as the storm con­tin­ues to gather pace.

A yel­low weather warn­ing re­mains in place for Tay­side un­til 3pm with gusts of up to 70mph pre­dicted.

Heavy rain is also f ore­cast al­though tem­per­a­tures re­main mild at 15-16 de­grees.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Luke Mial said: “Dundee and Tay­side will feel the full force of Storm Hec­tor be­tween around 10am-lunchtime.

“Gusts of up to 70mph are pos­si­ble with reg­u­lar gusts of be­tween 50-60mph.

“Struc­tural dam­age to build­ings and travel dis­rup­tion are strong pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“Trees are also likely to be up­rooted, es­pe­cially as they are cur­rently in full bloom and will trap the wind rather than hav­ing bare branches where the wind can blow through.

“The storm hit the North West coast of Scot­land in the early hours of to­day and is gath­er­ing in strength as it moves east across the coun­try.

“Tay­side will feel the worst of the storm as the day con­tin­ues be­fore it be­gins to ease in the af­ter­noon.

“The storm was al­ready at force four in Dundee at 7am with gusts of up to 60mph.

“This will get worse be­fore it be­gins to im­prove.”

The strong­est gust recorded by 9am to­day was 67mph at Glenogil, north of For­far.

The Tay Road Bridge was closed to dou­ble decker buses from 6am and by 8am was open to cars and sin­gle decker buses only, trav­el­ling at 30mph, hav­ing been closed to high-sided ve­hi­cles, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans as gusts of 60mph were recorded.

A spokesman for ScotRail said there had been no dis­rup­tion to morn­ing train ser­vices.

Dundee Air­port man­ager Derek Laing con­firmed there had been no dis­rup­tions to flights, with the 9.10am Lo­ganair flight out of Stansted to Dundee leav­ing on time. A satel­lite im­age.

The strength of the storm was gath­er­ing as morn­ing com­muters made their way to work.

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