A WEATHER alert has been issued by Tayside Police as the area braces itself for stormy weather forecast to hit the area this afternoon (Friday).
Coastal areas are set to experience strong winds and storm surges that could potentially bring the risk of flooding in some areas. Heavy rain, falling as sleet and snow on higher ground, has also been forecast.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has already issued a flood warning for Arbroath with a risk of spray and wave overtopping at the harbour area, Shore and Fishmarket Quay in the strong winds. High tide is at about 3pm.
The force is urging people in these areas to use “the utmost caution” and steer clear of the coast as both the storm-force winds and swollen waves are unpredictable, leading to dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions for anyone venturing into harm’s way. The advice is to stand well clear and avoid putting lives at risk.
Drivers are also being urged to take account of challenging and difficult driving conditions.
A Tayside Police spokesman said: “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 aquaplaning. They should also give consideration to any pedestrians nearby.
“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 your vehicle loses grip, or aquaplanes, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.”
Up-to-date information can be found online at www.trafficscotland.org and AA Roadwatch while further details on the kind of disruption that might be experienced is available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/guide/weather/severe-weather-advice. The full alerts, with maps of the area affected, can be viewed on hazard manager or on website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/ while details of any council and trunk road closures can be found at http://trafficscotland.org.