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A powerful storm pounding Britain is so strong it poses a 'danger to life'

Business Insider | Dec 7, 2017, 04.50PM IST

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A map showing wind speeds across the northern United Kingdom.

  • The Met Office warns that Storm Caroline poses a "danger to life" in Britain.
  • The storm is mainly hitting Scotland, and parts of England and Northern Ireland.
  • Schools have reportedly been shut, and power supplies has gone down.


Storm Caroline may pose a "danger to life" as it moves across northern Britain from Thursday to Saturday, the Met Office has warned.

The storm is currently sweeping across the UK's northern-most regions. The Met Office issued on Thursday an amber alert - the second-highest out of three warning levels - for the Scottish regions of Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, and the Orkney and Shetland archipelagos.

A yellow warning, which calls on people to prepare for "possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities," was also issued for southern Scotland and northern England, and the northernmost tip of Northern Ireland.

The Met Office said:

"Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to northern Scotland. Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are expected widely with gusts to 90 mph possible in exposed areas.

"Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life. Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs."

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Amber and yellow warnings issued to the northern UK by the Met Office.

The Met Office added that there was "a good chance" that power cuts may take place, and that road, rail, air, and ferry journeys may be delayed or cancelled.

More than 50 schools in Scotland have been closed, and electricity company SSE Networks has already reported that about 2,000 customers in Scotland's Western Isles had been affected, the BBC reported. A trampoline also flew into a train track in East Renfrewshire, southern Scotland.

Caroline is the third storm to hit the UK this year, after Aileen and Brian.

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