A yellow weather warning is in place until 9pm this evening in various places across the UK and a travel warning of “do not travel” has been issued.
Storm Pia is causing significant disruption on Thursday morning and schools have been closed and power cuts are expected.
The Met Office has warned that wind gusts of up to 80mph is forecast in the north and northeast of Scotland.
The yellow weather warning covers Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne and Belfast.
Train company TransPennine Express (TPE) issued the “do not travel advice,” in and out of Edinburgh until after 3pm on Thursday.
Kathryn O’Brien, customer experience and operations director for TPE, said, “Our number one priority is to keep our customers and colleagues safe, and we will be doing all we can to keep people moving in difficult conditions.
“We are urging anyone travelling across the affected routes to plan ahead, allow extra time, check their journey up until the last minute, and follow the guidance provided.”