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Britain braces for wild weather

Scotland closed schools and travellers were warned to expect disruption on key routes on Thursday due to gale-force winds, as Britain's first major winter storm of the season swept in.

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Children are sprayed by waves at Cardswell Bay, Gourock, in western Scotland on Thursday.

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Largs promenade is battered by wind and waves on Thursday in Largs, Scotland.

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A woman' s hair is blown accross her face as she walks during a windy day in central London on Thursday.