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A warning of travel disruption across northern Scotland and Northern Ireland has been issued due to severe gales and high seas driven by an Atlantic ‘weather bomb’.

Some ferry and rail services have been suspended ahead of the storm which is threatening to bring winds of up to 80mph to western and northern Scotland and the north of Northern Ireland.

Irish Ferries has cancelled sailings between Holyhead and Dublin, while Caledonian MacBrayne has warned of severe disruption to services between the Scottish islands.

A Met Office amber “be prepared” warning is in effect for the Northern Isles, Western Isles, the north and west Highlands and Argyll, as well as the far north of Northern Ireland.

Very strong winds, with gusts possibly reaching between 60 and 70 mph, are also likely to affect northern and central parts of the UK until early on Thursday, the BBC reported.

A second storm front is predicted to track across the country overnight on Thursday.

The Met Office says there is the potential for more gales and a band of heavy rain across much of England and Wales during the first half of Friday, which will push eastwards, before easing in the early afternoon.

A yellow warning for snow in for parts of central and southern Scotland is also in place for Friday morning.