Amber Weather and coastal safety warnings issued ahead of Storm Ali tomorrow!
Below info includes MetOffice warning and Ardrossan coastguard information.
STORM ALI HEADING FOR SCOTLAND - AMBER WEATHER ALERT - WIND
The Met Office has issued an AMBER weather alert for wind for Ayrshire valid from 0800 hours until 1700 hours Wednesday 19th September as the first named storm of the season heads for Scotland.
Storm Ali will bring a spell of very strong winds to Northern Ireland from early on Wednesday morning, before these strong winds spread to far northwest England and central and southern Scotland by late morning.
Strong winds will be accompanied by heavy squally showers. Some areas, especially high ground and coastal regions, including within the Central Belt, could see gusts of 80 mph at times. Winds will ease from the west through the afternoon.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Flying debris is likely and could lead to Injuries or danger to life
Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or damage through falling trees and branches breaking
Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
Some roads and bridges likely to close
Large waves could affect coastal roads, sea fronts and properties
The Met Office has an extensive amount of information about staying safe during severe weather on their website at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/advice/your-home/taking-care-of-your-home-and-yourself-in-a-storm
We continue to urge the public to avoid visiting exposed coastal areas during times of severe weather. A photo of video clip is not worth risking your life for.
It's also crucial that people Know Who To Call in an emergency at the coast - it's always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Stay high, stay dry and stay safe.
Search and Rescue - it's what we do.
In a coastal, beach or cliff emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.