63mph gales in North Yorkshire as Storm Henry battering goes on

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63mph gales were recorded in Yorkshire last night as Storm Henry continued to batter the country - leaving thousands of homes without power and travel warnings in place across the north.

Motorists have been warned of bridge and road closures during rush-hour and some ferry and rail services remain suspended.

Winds of 90mph were recorded in South Uist overnight, with gusts of 60mph in Glasgow and 63mph in Loftus, North Yorkshire.

Around 2,000 homes in the north of Scotland remain without power. Since the start of the storm on Monday afternoon Scottish Hydro said engineers have reconnected 9,000 properties which lost electricity.

Gales are expected to continue until Tuesday afternoon, with further gusts possible overnight.

The severe weather created difficulties for recovery teams attending to blown-over vehicles, routes blocked by trees and buildings made unsafe by the extreme winds.

Met Office amber “be prepared” warnings were still in place until 9am on Tuesday.

Henry is the eighth winter storm and comes days after the UK saw off Storm Gertrude, which brought gusts of more than 100mph in Shetland.

Gusts of 84mph forced the closure of the Forth Road Bridge on Monday, and travel on the A82 between Glencoe and Rannoch Moor was restricted after a van and a lorry were blown off the road.

The Tay Bridge was shut and roads operator Bear Scotland said motorists should be aware of likely closures on the Skye, Kessock, Dornoch and Cromarty bridges.

The wintry weather is forecast to deteriorate tomorrow with the arrival of Storm Henry which carries an amber alert for high winds from Monday afternoon, continuing through the peak on Tuesday morning,

The Met Office

The Humber Bridge near Hull was also closed to high-sided vehicles and caravans and a speed limit was imposed after a lorry blew over in 49mph winds.

Warnings for wind at the lesser yellow “be aware” level remain in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England and the West Midlands.

Storm Henry also risks further flooding in Scotland, where almost 30 flood warnings are in place across the regions.

Pascal Lardet from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency said: “There is a coastal flood risk for the Western Isles, due to storm force winds generating a large surge and waves.

Storm Henry brought gale force winds to the coast on Monday, causing the sand to blow across the beach in Whitby.  Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Storm Henry brought gale force winds to the coast on Monday, causing the sand to blow across the beach in Whitby. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

“Flooding impacts could include disruption to travel, particularly causeways, from spray and wave overtopping. Elsewhere tides are currently low, however minimal impact from wave overtopping and spray is possible along exposed northern and western coastlines until Tuesday.”

North Yorkshire Police were called out to around ten incidents on Monday night, including:

• A fallen tree blocking blocking the road at Jacksons Lane, Scarborough.

• A fallen lamp post on Scott Road, Selby.

• A fallen tree at Topcliffe.

• A fallen tree at Otley Road, Harrogate.

Thousands of homes are without power and travel warnings remain in place across the north of the UK as Storm Henry continues to batters the country with 90mph winds.

Thousands of homes are without power and travel warnings remain in place across the north of the UK as Storm Henry continues to batters the country with 90mph winds.

• Damage to a barn caused by wind at Newton on Rawcliffe, near Pickering.

• A large tree down, causing damage to electricity cables, at Thornton Le Dale.

• A tree down at Deepdale Avenue, Scarborough.

• A road sign blown over and in the carriageway of the A168 at South Kilvington.

• A telephone wire down at 1.40am Aberford, near Leeds.

• A fallen tree on the B1228 near Elvington.

• A broken road sign swinging in the wind at Victoria Road, Scarborough.

A lorry blown over in high winds on Humber Bridge.

A lorry blown over in high winds on Humber Bridge.

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Waves breaking in Largs, Scotland, as Storm Gertrude hits the UK.

Waves breaking in Largs, Scotland, as Storm Gertrude hits the UK.

An image of where the wind will hit Britain on Monday.

An image of where the wind will hit Britain on Monday.