Written by Ranee Mohamed
10 Dec, 2014 | 1:59 pm
High winds and large waves are hitting coastal areas in the north-west of the UK, with conditions expected to worsen.
The (UK) Met Office says parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland should “be prepared” as a rapidly developing storm – a so-called weather bomb – threatens gusts of up to 80mph (130 km/h).
Some trains and ferries have been cancelled and the Western Isles are without power, affecting 17,000 homes.Conditions off Scotland were “pretty bad” by 06:30 GMT, a lifeboatman said.
Speaking from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Donald MacLeod, coxswain of the island’s lifeboat, said there was rain, hail and “plenty of wind”.
He said the storm had “grown through the night”, adding: “The swell conditions are pretty bad to the west – it’s showing about 14 metres (46ft).”
Mr Macleod said this was “a lot deeper than we normally see” and was “definitely something to be wary of”.
BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood said it would be a “wild” day from north Wales northwards, while it would be “blustery” further south.
She said the winds would peak in the afternoon and early evening.
Ahead of the forecast storms, ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne warned of severe disruption to its services.
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