Residents urged to stay safe from Storm Arwen

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Dundee City Council is advising residents to take extra precautions this weekend as strong high winds are expected.

Storm Arwen is forecast to reach Dundee today (Friday) with local communities being urged to stay safe by following the latest weather forecasts from the Met Office and news from SEPA and Traffic Scotland.

The region is expected to experience gale force winds of up 90mph today with sleet and snow forecasted over the weekend. A rare red weather warning for wind was issued by the Met Office for Central, Tayside and Fife today.

Additionally, a SEPA flood alert has been issued for the Dundee and Angus area for the Friday afternoon through to Saturday as high waves and strong winds could potentially cause coastal flooding.

The Winterfest event at Slessor Gardens will not open as scheduled today due to the weather conditions.

Members of the public may face numerous hazards such as flying debris, downed trees and power lines and high tides. Police Scotland are advising that motorists should not drive during the red weather warning and other members of the public are also advised not to travel.

Community Safety and Public Protection Convener, Councillor Kevin Cordell, said: “I would urge everyone to take particular care today and across the weekend in light of the news of the wind and flooding alerts.

“The winds forecasted are likely to be very powerful and dangerous. I would ask that anyone who has furniture or decorations in their garden to secure them and monitor and follow the latest advice regarding travel.

“The council’s teams are closely monitoring the forecast and warnings issued and will work with partners in order to be as best prepared as they can be for the weather events. It is important that residents also stay alert to the changeable weather by following the latest information from the Met Office, SEPA and Traffic Scotland to remain safe.”

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