Forfar manages to avoid the worst of the storms

The towns of Forfar and Kirriemuir have managed to escape the worst of the first big winter storms with minimal damage being done.

On Wednesday night the Met Office issued an amber ‘Be Prepared’ warning covering most of Scotland effective from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 5.

Storm damage after strong winds in Forfar on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Storm damage after strong winds in Forfar on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have also issued a number of Flood Alerts and Warnings, with a focus on potential coastal flooding on east and west coasts through Thursday and into Friday.

There was a big impact on travel earlier this morning with many of the main bridge routes closed to traffic.

If you are still on the roads over the rest of the day, Police have warned drivers that if they do travel, they are likely to experience significant delays due to high winds and driving rain creating surface water and an increased risk of flash flooding on many roads.

Transport Scotland, whose Multi-Agency Control Centre will be operating overnight, have said that the forecast windspeeds could have a particular impact on Scotland’s major bridges, which may result in them being closed to traffic for periods when the highest gusts are experienced in the run up to and during the morning peak period.

Scottish Government Transport Minister, Keith Brown, said tonight: “The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland are working closely with transport operators, the Met office, Police Scotland, SEPA and many other agencies and organisations to make sure that the most useful and up to date information is given to those who need it most.

“We have held a number of meetings with key partners already today and both the Scottish Government Resilience Room (SGoRR) and Transport Scotland’s multi-agency response team (MART) will be operational from tonight.

“I would urge the travelling public to consider the conditions before they set-off on their journeys.

“Indications are that bridges across the country will be affected by the strong winds and closures are expected during the morning peak period. People should listen to radio reports or visit the Traffic Scotland website or twitter feed, and carefully consider police advice.

“Trains and ferries will also be disrupted and operator websites will have the latest information.”

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