Weather Alert - Scotland

NATURAL DISASTER WARNINGS

Yellow warning issued for Scotland! Glasgow, Ayrshire and Argyll will be most affected with severe weather.

What we know

  • A "danger to life" yellow weather warning has been issued for 
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire and Argyll will be most affected with severe weather
  • A yellow weather alert is for 3 am on Monday 19th of October, and is expected to last until 9 am on Tuesday, 20th of October 2020
  • Disruption to travel and power supplies are to be expected
  • Large waves it is likely to hit coastal locations
  • Forecasters expect flooding in certain areas while driving conditions may also be difficult due to water spraying up off the roads
  • Public transport disturbance is much expected

Emergency Numbers

  • In an emergency dial 999 for the police, fire and ambulance service. For non-emergencies, you can contact the police on 101 and the fire service on 01382 835804 (24 hours)

 

Last update: 20/10/2020 at 07:00 GMT+2. See UPDATES for more.

19/10/2020 at 09:00 GMT+2

  • Speed restrictions on trains from Glasgow Central today amid heavy rain warning

20/10/2020 at 07:00 GMT+2

  • Yellow weather warning remains in place for Scotland

Safety Tips – Floods

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is usually dry. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering floodwaters can lead to injury or death!

What to do

  • Move to higher ground or a higher floor
  • Prepare emergency supplies (First Aid)
  • Prepare an emergency food and water supply
  • Listen to your local radio or television station for updates
  • If you have an internet connection monitor live news
  • If evacuation appears necessary: turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve.
  • Have an emergency escape plan ready
  • Charge cell phone
  • If you feel threatened by rising water, leave your home or move to upper floors

Be safe

  • Unplug all electrical items and store them away from floodwaters
  • Move all inhabitants and pets to safe locations
  • Use internet, radio and local media for news updates
  • Beware of and watch for structural damages, such as falling walls and ceilings
  • Store any irreplaceable family items and important documents somewhere safe
  • Avoid low spots, like ditches, basements, or underpasses
  • Stay off the bridges over fast-moving water
  • Don’t drive through floodwaters. If stuck, exit the car and move to higher ground
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water

What to do After

  • Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water
  • If you evacuated: return to your home only after local authorities have said it is safe to do so
  • Listen to water advisory from local authorities to find out if your water is safe for drinking and bathing
  • Avoid moving water
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded
  • Check for structural damage before going inside
  • Begin initial clean-up as soon as waters recede, separating damaged from undamaged items
  • When cleaning, wear a mask, gloves and coveralls to minimize exposure to possible hazardous materials

 

Advice

  • If trapped, try to contact 112 and stay by a window to attempt to signal someone outside.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters
  • Do not eat or drink anything exposed to the likely contaminated floodwaters
  • Do not use potentially contaminated water for washing or food preparations
  • Do not leave doors and windows unlocked when leaving your property due to high incidences of looting
  • If you must walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you

Emergency Numbers

  • In an emergency dial 999 for the police, fire and ambulance service. For non-emergencies, you can contact the police on 101 and the fire service on 01382 835804 (24 hours)