UK News Weather warnings as Scotland braced for second storm this week
Storm Dennis: Forth Road Bridge shut to double decker buses
High winds are causing major travel disruption in and around Scotland's capital.The Forth Road Bridge has been shut to all double decker buses due to the extreme weather conditions caused by storm Dennis.
Widespread disruption has been predicted this weekend as Scotland prepares to be hit by a second storm in under a week.
The Scottish Government and Police Scotland have issued weather warnings, with Storm Dennis expected to bring gales and heavy rain.
A Met Office amber warning for heavy rain across central southern Scotland will be in place from noon until 11pm on Saturday.
On Sunday, a yellow warning for wind and rain will remain in place for the rest of southern Scotland, the central belt, the west coast and parts of the north-west from 7am until 8pm on Saturday.
WATCH: Dramatic footage shows ferry caught in storm Dennis
A ferry swaying heavily at sea as storm Dennis batters parts of the country has been caught on camera. © Provided by The Scotsman Stuart Bell was visiting the Isle of Arran when he filmed the ferry approaching the Calmac Ferry Terminal. The unnerving footage shows the huge boat rocking side-to-side during the extreme weather as it approaches the terminal. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to blast the country for the remainder of this week as the storm hits.
An AMBER warning for rain is in place for Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders tomorrow.
Yellow warnings for rain are also in place for a number of other areas and we're advising motorists to travel with caution and to drive to the conditions.
— Road Policing Scotland (@polscotrpu)
A yellow warning for wind covers the whole of Scotland from noon on Sunday until Monday lunchtime.
Scotland was battered by Storm Ciara from last Sunday, with high winds and heavy rain causing flooding, damage to buildings and transport disruption.
The Met Office has forecast gusts will be less strong this weekend.
Police said there is a high risk of disruption to the transport network and potential for problems with flooding and power supplies.
Storm Dennis: Here’s when heavy downpours and strong winds will hit Scotland
Storm Dennis is set to hit the UK with wet and windy weather this weekend, bringing heavy rain and strong gusts of wind to Scotland. © Provided by The Scotsman Named by the Met Office, the impacts from this low-pressure system are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara, but will bring strong winds and heavy downpours to parts of Scotland.The Met Office said: “The system will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday.
A multi-agency response team will operate on Saturday at the Traffic Scotland National Control Centre in South Queensferry to monitor conditions.
Asapproaches Scotland, Transport Secretary urges travellers to plan ahead for rain warning.
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— Transport Scotland (@transcotland)
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “The Met Office is expecting Storm Dennis to bring another period of adverse weather this weekend, with heavy rain and strong winds forecast for much of Saturday and Sunday, and into Monday morning.
“The conditions will bring potential for disruption on the trunk road network, as well as other modes of transport, so it’s important people plan their journeys before they set off.
Storm Dennis in Scotland: Yellow weather warning for strong gales of up to 70mph extended into next week
Storm Dennis is set to bring wet and windy weather to Scotland over the weekend, with Met Office weather warnings now extended into next week. © Provided by The Scotsman A Met Office yellow weather warning for rain and wind is in place for parts of Scotland on Saturday (15 Feb) from 9am to 6pm. The Met Office said, “A band of rain and strong winds will move eastwards across southern and central Scotland on Saturday. South to southwesterly winds will gust to 50 to 60 mph along exposed coasts and over high ground.
“Motorists should make sure their routes are available, follow the travel advice from Police Scotland and drive to the conditions. ”
He added: “Details of any wind-based closures for the bridges on trunk road network are available from the Traffic Scotland service.
“If you are planning to travel by train, ferry or plane, please check with your operators to see if the conditions are having any impact on your services.”
Sergeant Iain Blain from Police Scotland said: “We are advising motorists who will be travelling in affected areas to travel with caution.
“There is a high risk of disruption, with localised flooding expected, and we urge drivers to drive to the conditions of the road.
“Be prepared to slow down and drive at speeds that appropriate for the conditions. Plan your journey in advance and allow extra time.
“You can keep up to date with weather and road information by following the Met Office and Traffic Scotland on social media.”
Mark McLaughlin, flood duty manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said the storm would bring flooding risks across much of the country, with the most widespread impact expected across Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders, Ayrshire, Arran and west central Scotland.
He added: “We are also expecting to see significant coastal flood impacts on the west coast, in particular in the Solway Firth and along the Ayrshire coast due to high tides, storm surge and large waves.”
SP Energy Networks, the electricity distributor for central and southern Scotland, said flooding on roads could make it difficult for engineers to reach faults in the network.
Craig Arthur, director at SP Energy Networks for central and southern Scotland, said power cuts become more likely during storms and encouraged people to have a battery powered torch and fully charged mobile on hand over the weekend.
The storm is also likely to cause severe disruption for ferry services.
Robert Morrison, director of operations for CalMac, said the weather will impact the company’s ability to deliver services to island communities and the public should be prepared for possible cancellations and delays across all routes.
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