Wet and Windy Weather set to Return

A PROLONGED and heavy spell of rain allied to strong winds is set to arrive in Tayside tomorrow (Thursday).

The Met Office forecast that persistent heavy rain, driven by strong south-easterly winds, is expected across much of the Tayside region during Thursday and overnight into Friday morning, leading to an increased risk of surface water and river flooding as well as disruption to travel.

Snow is expected to accumulate above 500-600 metres and the attendant winds could lead to blizzard conditions. Large waves are expected along the coast line.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has warned of potential flooding across Scotland through Thursday and Friday.

SEPA say there is a risk of river flooding on Thursday and Friday in Tayside, Dundee and Angus. Impacts in these areas could include flooding to land and roads on Thursday and Friday.

Emergency Services, the Local Authorities, along with SEPA and their other partner agencies are working closely together as they continue to monitor the situation to ensure they are ready to respond effectively to any challenges.

Not for the first time in recent weeks, Tayside Police is again 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 www.trafficscotland.org

There are also regular updates on AA Roadwatch

Further Information 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/.

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 http://trafficscotland.org.

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 www.readyscotland.org for more valuable information.

Floodline, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Floodline is Scotland’s 24-hour flooding information service, operated by 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: http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup

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.

Call 0845 988 1188 Website: http://www.sepa.org.uk/flooding