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Northern Ireland dodges worst of the storms, but Scotland is battered

By Lindsay Fergus

Northern Ireland escaped the worst of the storms that battered Scotland bringing major disruption.

At the height of the problems more than 100,000 properties across the Highlands, islands, Aberdeenshire and the central belt of Scotland lost electricity as hurricane-force winds brought gales of more than 100mph.

A gust of 113mph was recorded at Stornoway on Lewis, the strongest since records at that site began in 1970.

ScotRail suspended all services for safety reasons for a time yesterday morning, while ferry services were subject to cancellations and several roads and bridges were closed, along with many schools. The strongest wind recorded in Northern Ireland was 70mph at Killowen, Co Down, on Thursday night.

The ferocious gales were stirred up by an extra-powerful jet stream triggered by plunging temperatures in the United States hitting warmer air in the south.

England and Northern Ireland will again have strong winds and a chance of snow over the weekend.

A Met Office amber warning for much of Scotland has now been lifted.

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