Police urge caution as severe weather warning issued

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Tayside Police is urging the public to be aware of deteriorating weather conditions forecast for the region in the coming hours.

An amber ‘Be Prepared’ warning has been put in place by the Met Office and is valid until midnight tonight before turning to a yellow ‘Be Aware’ warning tomorrow.

The advice is to prepare for heavy rain, severe gale force wind and increased risk of surface water and river flooding. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued a flood alert for Dundee and Angus.

The Met Office advise: “A deep area of low pressure will bring rain and strong winds to southern, then central Scotland during today.

“The rain will become more persistent and heavy at times, particularly over southeast Scotland where it is likely to persist until around dawn tomorrow morning, so any impacts are more likely to occur later in the period due to cumulative effects.

“The rain will edge northwards during this evening and overnight, with the heaviest rain over northeast Scotland on Tuesday with drier interludes and scattered showers elsewhere.

“A ridge of high pressure will build during Wednesday and Thursday with showers dying out.

“In addition to the rain, easterly winds are starting to strengthen from the south. These will reach gale force, with gusts to around 60mph in places, and extend northwards during the day. The strongest winds are expected to affect exposed, eastern coastal areas - mainly the Firth of Forth, Tay Estuary & Grampian areas - later this evening and during the early hours of Tuesday, with gusts of over 70mph possible in places.”

Tayside Police advise drivers to reduce their speed and drive with the utmost care as heavy and persistent rainfall is set to continue across the region through today leading to surface water that will make driving conditions more difficult. Drivers should slow down approaching standing water to avoid risks of aqua planning. They should also give consideration to any pedestrians nearby.

Anyone who is travelling should allow plenty of time for their journey, reduce their speed and drive according to the conditions. This includes keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and using dipped headlights where appropriate.

Tayside Police would advise people to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org or Twitter@trafficscotland

Tayside Police endeavours to update the media with current information, so it can be passed out to the public at the earliest opportunity. Anyone seeking information about weather and travel tune in to their televisions and radios, or refer to their newspapers. There are also regular updates on AA Roadwatch.

For weather and traffic information, members of the public should refer to TV, radio and websites, as well the Met Office alert area on its website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/