Weather warning as gale-force winds and heavy waves set to cause disruption

4 December 2013

People are urged take extra care over the next 24 hours with winds of up to 80 mph forecasted to hit the region.

The Met Office’s “amber warning” is in place between 2am and 4pm on Thursday 5 December 2013.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles in particular are advised to avoid exposed routes and bridges and follow Highways Agency safety guidance.

Also, on the east coast – covering the Whitby, Scarborough and Filey areas in North Yorkshire – people are urged to keep away from sea walls, piers and other water fronts as heavy waves are expected to crash over the sea defences.

Train operator East Coast is advising passengers to allow extra time to make their journeys tomorrow (Thursday 4 December 2013) as stormy weather is expected to hit Scotland and North East England.

East Coast will run a revised timetable throughout Thursday as large parts of the route are expected to be affected by heavy wind and rain. Customers can use their tickets to travel on alternative East Coast services at a similar time to their original booked train. Tickets for Thursday 5 December will also be valid for travel on Friday.

East Coast services from Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow on Thursday will begin from Edinburgh. Northbound services from Edinburgh will be subject to disruption.

Customers can check the website for live service updates and travel information before making their journey. Updates are also available by following @eastcoastuk on Twitter or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

An East Coast spokesman said:

We are constantly monitoring predicted weather conditions along our route, and the latest information we have is that stormy weather is expected in Scotland and northern England tomorrow.

Our advice to customers is to please check for the latest information before setting out, and allow extra time to make your journey.

The heavy waves are expected to hit during Thursday afternoon due to a combination of the strong wind and the high spring tide.

Where road closures are in place along the coastline, drivers are asked to avoid the area until further notice.

The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at and people can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgency using the hashtag #floodaware

Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found at and people can follow the Met Office on Twitter at @metoffice

Live traffic information updates are available on the Highways Agency website at www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​r​a​f​fic


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