WEATHER: Storm Agnes set to hit West Coast with winds up to 75mph

Hold on to your hats and keep those brollies handy.  The sunshine is about to depart and Storm Agnes is expected to bring strong gales and heavy rain when it blows up through the Irish Sea from the south-west of England on Wednesday, according to BBC Scotland weather woman Gillian Smart, pictured above.

Stock image of a woman's umbrella getting caught in a wind gust.

Gusts of up to 75 mph could hit inland areas, experts believe, disrupting travel links across the country.

Met Office forecasters have already issued a yellow weather warning for severe wind from Wednesday into Thursday morning.

A second warning covering heavy rainfall is in effect for parts of the south west, central and north east of the country between 9pm on Wednesday and 6am on Thursday.

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