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Warning of heavy rain across Caithness – possible flooding and power cuts


By David G Scott

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The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for slow-moving and heavy rain leading to impacts on travel and infrastructure across Caithness and the far north.

Met Office warning issued today (July 8).
Met Office warning issued today (July 8).

Issued at 10.32am today (July 8) the bulletin states that areas of rain moving into northern Scotland from late Tuesday into Wednesday are expected to become heavy with some embedded showery outbreaks as the band slows down and focuses across the east coast and Moray Firth.

It further states: “20-30mm through the period is expected quite widely, however localised heavier bursts of rain likely to build totals toward 50-75mm with up to 90mm possible across Grampians and Northwest Highlands.”

What to expect:

• Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings

• Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible

• Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

• Possible power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses

• Some communities may be cut off by flooded roads

• Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life

Additional advice:

• Check if your property could be at risk of flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit.

• Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

• People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

• Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.


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