Storm Dylan hits UK with hurricane force winds

New Year’s celebrations across the UK and Ireland are set to be wet and windy, as Storm Dylan continues to lash the UK.

With gusts of over 70mph registered in some parts of Ireland and Wales, forecasters are predicting gales of up to 80mph still to come in Scotland.

Any wind measuring above 73mph on the Beaufort Scale is registered as hurricane force, with the potential to leave violence and destruction in its wake.

An amber warning covering Northern Ireland and parts of western Scotland has been issued by the Met Office, who warn of potential “injuries or danger to life” from flying debris.

A yellow warning has also been given, extending into northern England and across to the Lothians.

“Violent gusts” and coastal flooding from high seas in Ireland have led to an amber warning being issued, along with a yellow warning for inland areas.

The Met Office has warned that the stormy weather could cause powers cuts, and could affect mobile phone coverage.

Wind speeds are expected to increase throughout Sunday as Storm Dylan heads towards Scotland, which is already feeling the effects of the bad weather.

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Cancelled ferries and trains and closed roads caused travel disruption on Saturday morning as Scotland prepared for its Hogmanay celebrations.

Seven flood warnings for parts of south-west Scotland were also issued by The Scottish Environment Protection Agency.