February gets off to a blast with storms predicted tonight

Storm-force winds expected to test Moray defences again

MORAY IS ONCE again being warned that the region is facing severe weather later today and overnight, with an Amber warning for winds of up to 90mph.

The warning issued last night covers all of Moray and Aberdeenshire with a new storm front set to arrive this afternoon and continue overnight.

According to the Met Office chief forecaster’s assessment: “An area of low pressure is moving east across the Atlantic, deepening as it does so, before arriving across the northwest of the UK on Monday.

“Gale to severe gale force west to south westerly winds are expected to develop on the southern and western flanks of this system, firstly affecting western Scotland from late afternoon before progressing east through the evening and overnight.

“Storm force winds are likely in the most exposed areas. Winds should ease early on Tuesday morning as the system clears away to the northeast.”

Gusts are expected to reach between 70 and 80mph while 90mph “is possible” in more exposed areas, with the Met Office saying that the latest storm – named ‘Storm Hendry’ has the potential for serious disruption to transport services and structural damage.