Stormy weather prompts safety advice

Stormy weather is due to arrive in Tayside this afternoon, with the coastal areas of the region set to be exposed to strong winds and storm surges that could potentially bring the risk of flooding in some areas.

As such, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has issued a flood warning for Arbroath with risk of spray and wave overtopping at the harbour area, Shore and Fishmarket Quay in the strong winds. High tide in the area is at about 3 p.m.

In light of this, Tayside Police would urge the utmost caution for people in and around these areas. It is not uncommon for people to get as close as possible to the “spectacle” of stormy or extreme coastal weather, but there are inherent dangers in doing so.

Both the storm-force winds and swollen waves are unpredictable, giving rise to dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions for anyone venturing into harms way. The advice from Tayside Police is to stand well clear and avoid putting lives at risk, including your own and that of other members of the public and the emergency services.

Arriving hand in hand with gale force winds will be heavy rain, as well as sleet and snow in higher parts of Tayside.

As such, Tayside Police is urging drivers to take the utmost care in what could prove to be challenging and difficult driving conditions.

Anyone who is travelling through the wet weather 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.

Large puddles and pools of water are likely to collection roads in both rural and urban areas. As such, drivers should slow down when approaching standing water to avoid risks of aqua planing. They should also give consideration to any pedestrians nearby.

Tayside Police offers drivers the following information and advice in mind -

Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front.

On slippery roads it can take up to 10 times longer to stop.

Reduce your speed and allow more time to slow down. Stop by decelerating earlier, rather than rely on braking alone.

Use dipped headlights so you can see and be seen.

If visibility is extremely poor (less than 100 metres visibility) then use fog lights, but switch them off whenever conditions improve or they will cause undue dazzle, which is an offence.

Take care on flooded roads. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb, select first gear and move forward immediately to avoid stalling the engine, while maintaining high engine revs. Test your brakes after passing through the water.

On flood affected roads, if you vehicle loses grip, or aquaplanes, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.

People are also advised to make use of traffic information websites such as

There are also regular updates on AA Roadwatch

Further Information on the kind of disruption that might be experienced is available at

The full Alerts, with maps of the area affected, can be viewed on hazard manager or on website

People should also be aware of local television and radio bulletins for updates on the latest weather and travel information. Details on any council and trunk road closures can be found at

Local authority websites carry further useful information in relation to various services and people should also log on to the Safer Scotland Ready For Winter? website on for more valuable information.

Floodline is Scotland’s 24-hour flooding information service, operated by Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Online and by phone, it provides up to date information on river and coastal flood risk across the country including what Flood Warnings or Alerts are in force.

You can receive these directly to your phone, free of charge, by registering here:

It is also a source of advice and information on flood risk, minimising the effect that flooding can have on your home or business, and what to do before, during and after a flood.

Tel: 0845 988 1188 Website: