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Edinburgh: Fresh weather warnings were issued on Monday as Scotland prepared for the arrival of storm Henry.
According to the Met Office, gusts of 70-80mph were expected widely, with 90mph gusts possible in exposed areas, especially in the west, BBC reported.
All schools in the Western Isles were ordered closed and some rail services were also likely to be suspended later in the day.
The office will issue an amber "be prepared" alert which will remain in force until 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday. Lesser yellow "be aware" warning were in place for Northern Ireland, Wales and northern England.
"Gale to severe gale-force, west to south-westerly winds are expected to develop on the southern and western flanks of this system, firstly affecting western Scotland from late afternoon before progressing east through the evening and overnight," said the assessment by the Met Office chief forecaster.
"Storm-force winds are likely in the most exposed areas. Winds should ease early on Tuesday morning as the system clears away to the north east," it said. (IANS)