Edinburgh weather: Storm Claudio to hit as yellow wind weather warning issued for East Lothian
Wind and rain is set to batter Edinburgh and the Lothians as Storm Claudio hits Scotland.
The French storm will bring wind and rain to the Capital on Wednesday, with some disruption expected.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of wind for East Lothian and other parts of Scotland, which will remain in place until 9pm today. Wind gusts are expected to reach over 45mph in some areas of East Lothian this afternoon. Heavy rain will also accompany the strong winds, with the forecaster warning that up to 40mm of rain could fall in coastal area.
Travellers have been told to expect delays, as road, rail, air and ferry transport will likely be affected by the adverse weather. Short term loss of power and other services is possible. The weather forecaster has also warned that coastal communities could be hit by spray and large waves
The Forth Road Bridge is closed to double-decker buses, and a 40mph speed limit has been implemented. Both of these restrictions will continue until 11pm on Thursday, November 3.
Chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: "30 to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in some areas, and where it falls over ground already wet from recent rainfall as well as fallen leaves there may be spray and flooding on the roads as well as travel delays.
"Much of the UK can expect a spell of strong southerly winds on Wednesday, but the warning area highlights where gusts of up to 65mph will be and therefore where there are likely to be some travel delays."