Nature is a powerful force on its own that cannot be controlled. As Storm Babet is approaching Scotland, people are being urged to prepare and brace themselves for what’s to come. As a result, The Met Office has issued a rare Red Weather Warning starting tomorrow (October 19) for rain cover in parts of Scotland.
Starting from 6pm on Thursday, October 19 and lasting until 12pm on Friday, October 20, there might be danger to life from flood water, with a possibility of homes and businesses being flooded. The Red Warning is valid for part in Eastern Scotland with winds up to 70mph, including Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir. An Amber Weather Warning for rain has been issued across the country, including Glasgow, until 6am on Saturday, October 21.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said: “Confidence has increased in the chances of considerable impacts from rainfall in parts of the east of Scotland from Storm Babet, which has resulted in the escalation to the Red warning.”
“100-150mm of rain is expected to fall quite widely within the warning period, with some locations likely to see 200-250mm, which is expected to cause considerable impacts with flooding likely.”
How to stay safe?
Met Office advises: “If you live or work in an area that could be affected, consider any steps you need to take now to be prepared and stay safe, and to take extra care if you need to travel.”
“If you have not already signed up to Floodline, you can do so now to receive free updates for where you live, or travel through, directly to your phone. Follow SEPA’s social media, especially @SEPAflood on X for the latest information.”
Also, you can check if your property is at risk here.