Published: 05/12/2013 09:05 - Updated: 05/12/2013 11:54

Gales cause Moray school closures

Waves batter Buckie Harbour.
Waves batter Buckie Harbour.

KINLOSS Primary has been closed due to storm damage.

Roof panels at the school have blown off in the extreme wind and council workers have been called to make the building safe.

Crossroads Primary is also closed because of a power cut, while transport to Speyside High from some areas has been impacted by the weather. Parents are urged to visit the Moray Council website for the latest.

St Peter’s Primary in Buckie will be closing around 1.30pm today (Thursday) due to roof damage and will also be closed tomorrow.

Severe travel disruption is expected across Scotland today as winds of up to 90mph strike. The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has issued a coastal flood alert for Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside, with high tide at 1.30pm.

"A combination of severe gale force winds, a tidal surge and high astronomical tides are expected on Thursday afternoon. Large waves and spray are expected to affect northern coastlines. Flooding to low lying ground is possible in exposed coastal areas including Spey Bay," the alert states.

Rail and bus transport is impacted, with Stagecoach North Scotland experiencing delays and disruptions to many services. Passenger are advised to check their service is running and allow more time for journeys before travelling.

Meanwhile, Police Scotland has warned drivers that the conditions for road travel are likely to be extremely poor and there is a high risk of disruption.

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