90 miles an hour gusts forecast for Argyll on 24th December

The weather for Christmas Eve is unpromising, to say the least.

Scotland is to be hit tonight, tomorrow and possibly also on Christmas Day by the winds that have been pretty devastating in England and Wales today, 23rd December.

A depression tracking SW-NE is expected to bring storm force gusts of wind, with 90mph gusts possible here in Argyll and Bute.

Travel disruption is virtually certain, on ferries of course, on high bridges and with falling trees. Power cuts from this same cause are possible.

The advice is to travel only if it is unavoidable; and to carry additional clothing, food and drink against the possibility of getting stuck, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire have been seeing snow gate closures on major roads since last night.

 Flood warnings

SEPA has put Argyll and Bute on a general Flood Alert.

Helensburgh [the Rhu road - A814 and low lying parts] and Tarbert Harbour in Kintyre are both on Flood Warnings, with effect from afternoon on 23rd December to 16.45 on 24th December in the case of Helensburgh; and 17.00 on 24th December in the case of Tarbert Harbour.

In both cases, high tides  and storm surges are expected to play a substantial part in the risk.

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