Storm Hector arrives in Dundee and Tayside
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.