Windmageddon 2011

The weather has been a shade on the blustery side here in the land of haggis today.

Wind turbine EXPLODES as the worst storm for 15 years batters Northern Britain with hurricane-force gusts of up to 165mph

  • Wind speeds of over 100mph recorded in England
  • Hundreds of schools in Scotland closed as country is hit by high winds
  • Travel warning ‘unprecedented for high wind’ north of the border
  • London expected to see 55mph winds
  • Motorists stuck on flooded roads in southern Cumbria
  • 12,000 homes in Perthshire are without power – but engineers struggle to get to homes because of fallen trees

Hurricane force winds of up to 165mph swept across Scotland today as storms battered Britain and police told people to stay indoors for their own safety.

Weather forecasters said the gusts were recorded at the Cairngorms between 2pm and 3pm today – just short of the all time record. Wind speeds of 173mph were recorded on the same Scottish mountains on March 20, 1986.

In England, wind speeds of up to 107mph were recorded at Great Dun Fell in the Pennines today while Manchester was hit by 67mph blasts.

The winds were so strong that a 100metre tall wind turbine spectacularly caught fire at Ardrossan in North Ayrshire, while pilots landing at Scottish airports had to battle to get their planes down safely in the treacherous conditions.

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