SAND STORM In U.K.

     Sandstorms have affected towns and roads along the north-east and Moray coasts. There have been reports of sandstorms in places including Fraserburgh, Forres, Banff and Elgin. Erika Cartney, who works at the Tesco store in Fraserburgh which was hit by the sandstorm, said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like fog but it’s sand. “It’s still going on but on the other side of town it’s a beautiful sunny day. I had to pull my hood up and cover my eyes – it’s really gritty and was getting in my mouth. “It’s just getting everywhere. It’s just like thick fog. I’ve never seen anything like that before in Fraserburgh.” Police Scotland is warning motorists to take care in the conditions. A spokesman said: “High winds causing sand storms in the area, several roads being affected by sand. Visibility very poor in places. Some routes also affected by fallen trees.”

     The force is also advising motorists to avoid the A941 Elgin-Rothes road. He added: “High winds have caused zero visibility due to sand which has blown across road. The recommended diversion is via B9103 and B9015.” Flights were also delayed at Inverness airport due to the conditions. The Met Office currently has a yellow weather warning in place across Grampian for high winds. STV weatherman Sean Batty said: “After an exceptionally dry March, and for some areas the driest March on record, the soil has dried out on the farmlands and along with today’s winds this has allowed this to become airborne. “This has given us the blowing dust which has been reported at many Moray weather stations as well as at Inverness airport on Tuesday.

     “Visibility in some areas has dropped to a few hundred metres. “Winds today have been gusting over 70mph in Aberdeenshire with gusts in excess of 100mph on the Cairngorms summit. “Winds will ease during Tuesday night, however another windy day is expected on Wednesday with rain, especially during the first half of the day. “With weather turning more unsettled it is likely top soil will get damp and prevent this happening again in the coming weeks.”

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