Edinburgh weather LIVE: Follow here for all updates as extreme high winds expected to hit the Capital and the Lothians

Follow here for all updates from Edinburgh and the Lothians as high winds expected to batter the Capital on Friday.

Friday, 26th November 2021, 12:50 pm

The Met Office has released an Red weather warning for high winds on Friday across the whole of the East Coast of Scotland.

They warn that: “flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life.”

There is also likely to be traffic disruption and road closures.

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Last updated: Friday, 26 November, 2021, 19:10

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Due to adverse weather, buses are being delayed throughout the network, according to Lothian.

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The incident occurred on the Dublin Road in Antrim on Friday.

A PSNI spokesperson said the road remains closed in both directions and diversions are in place.

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Lines closed and speed restrictions introduced due to storm conditions

With winds of up to 90mph expected to hit the east coast of Scotland from late this afternoon, Scotland’s Railway will be introducing speed restrictions and closing some lines to trains.

Speed restrictions will be introduced on services travelling between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Aberdeen and Inverness and the Far North line this afternoon. The East Coast Mainline, and North Berwick branch lines, will be closed to trains from 5pm until end of service today. The West Coast Mainline will remain open for cross-border travel.

Speed restrictions and short-term line closures are being introduced for safety reasons as the wind speed predicted can blow trees and other debris onto the tracks and cause damage to overhead power lines.

Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, said: “Safety of our customers and colleagues has to be our first consideration during severe weather. The Met Office has issued a rare red weather warning.

“We are monitoring the conditions very closely and will have teams in place across the country to react quickly to any damage caused by the weather. “Where conditions are predicted to be most severe, we are withdrawing a small number of services in the interests of passenger safety until the worst of the storms have passed.”

For more information on the changes to services, check www.nationalrail.co.uk or with your train operator.

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Emergency Kits recommended by Traffic Scotland

Traffic Scotland is advising motorists to travel with emergency in case they get stuck in queues due to Storm Arwen.

Traffic Scotland advises travelling with an ice scraper and de-icer, torch and spare batteries, warm clothes and a blanket, a pair of boots, first-aid kit, battery jump leads, a shovel for snow, food and a warm drink in a flask, sunglasses in the glove box to help you see in low sun.

They are also advising motorists to make sure their mobile phone is fully charged and to carry a map for any unplanned diversions.

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