80mph winds threat to coastal areas as warnings issued

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High wind warnings have been issued for parts of the country on Tuesday, with gusts of up to 80mph possible in coastal areas.

Forecasters said a combination of high tides and strong winds will make large waves and spray likely in some western areas on the coast.

They warned of a “small chance” of injuries and danger to life from waves and beach material that is thrown about, while power cuts and transport disruption is possible.

The Met Office has issued yellow “be aware” warnings of high winds for southwest Scotland, Lothian and Borders, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife.

It said gales with gusts of 60 to 70mph are likely, while some western coastal areas have a chance of seeing gusts of 80mph.

The latest warnings come just two days after the country was hit by Storm Dylan on Hogmanay.

The Met Office said: “A spell of strong winds is expected later Tuesday, overnight into Wednesday morning.

“Combined with a period of high tides, it is likely that some western coastal communities will be affected by large waves and spray, and there is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, roads and coastal properties.

“Power cuts and disruption to other services (mobile phones for example) may occur, and there is a small chance of transport disruption or cancellation of public transport.”

The warnings are valid from 6pm on Tuesday January 2 until 8am on Wednesday January 3.