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Flood warning issued for North-east

Friday February 8th 2019 at 11:55 AM

A flood warning has been issued for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, with the equivalent of more than a months worth of rain forecasted.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for rain is in place for Ballater and surrounding areas until 3pm tomorrow, with between 20 and 30 mm of rainfall expected.

Combined with melting snow, this could result in the equivalent of 60 mm – more than the average February as a whole.

A Met Office statement said: “Rain will spread east early on Friday, gradually becoming persistent and heavy, especially over high ground.

“Rain will clear to the east in the evening, but with frequent heavy showers following.

“Expect 20-30 mm of rain widely across the area, with up to 60 mm over high ground. Melting of snow will contribute to the risk of flooding.

Rivers in the area are expected to rise and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency say localised flooding of low-lying land and roads could occur.

Police are urging people to travel with extra caution and to ensure their vehicles are prepared for the conditions.

Inspector David Hynd said: “The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain and that conditions for travel across the Highland, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Perth & Kinross, Stirlingshire, Argyll & Bute areas may be hazardous due to rain and extra caution should be exercised.

“In addition, a second Yellow Weather Warning that conditions for travel across the southwest Scotland areas of  – Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire & Inverclyde, Argyll & West Dunbartonshire and south western fringe of the Highlands may be hazardous due to high winds and extra caution should be exercised.

“If you are driving a vehicle which may be vulnerable to being blown over in such conditions along exposed routes including bridges, please exercise additional caution and plan your route to avoid exposed areas or consider cancelling your journey until conditions improve.

“Previous incidents have clearly shown the dangers of driving vehicles vulnerable to being blown over in high wind conditions and the subsequent danger created for other road users, emergency services and recovery operatives where incidents have occurred due to drivers ignoring warnings.

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