Weather update - Amber warning upgraded to RED

Published on Friday 26 November 2021

Update at 2.45pm:

School and nursery arrangements:

  • All our primary schools and nurseries are looking to close earlier this afternoon to try to reduce the number of people travelling as the weather deteriorates further.
  • Schools and nurseries are contacting parents and carers who collect their children to see if they can come earlier. Do not worry if this is not possible - Be assured that children will be cared for until they can be collected.

Children who use school transport:

  • We are also working with contractors to look at bringing the timing of homeward bound transport forward. This isn't possible in every case, due to conflicting schedules. Staff are contacting parents and carers to see whether they are at home for children and young people being transported home earlier than usual before they leave school.

Update at 2.30pm:

With a Met Office RED warning issued for damaging and disruptive high winds, Angus Council is supporting national advice to stay alert, stay safe, stay away from coastal areas and, wherever possible, stay indoors.

Our Building Standards and Roads teams are on standby, along with other staff to deal with reported incidents and issues caused by Storm Arwen.

In addition to high winds - Gusts in excess of 65-75mph have been forecast - there will be further rain, sleet and snow which, combined with falling overnight temperatures, will lead to wet and icy surface conditions. Angus priority roads will be gritted tonight and tomorrow morning.

Our coastal areas are being closely monitored and we strongly advise people to keep away from our harbours, coastal areas and shorefronts. The latest warnings from SEPA can be found on their website.

The RED warning for our area is in place from 3pm this afternoon until 2am on Saturday (27 Nov). Please be prepared and stay safe.

You can find a wide range of information on the Ready Scotland website about what to do before, during and after a storm. Knowing what to do can help to keep you, your family and your neighbours safe and well.

The Met Office offers sound advice to help people cope with the worst of the weather.

Anyone who experiences a power outage should call 105 for emergency support.

Issued at 10.40am -

The Met Office has upgraded their Amber warning to a RED warning - stating that High winds associated with Storm Arwen will bring damage and travel disruption.

What to expect in the event of a RED warning -

  • Flying debris resulting in danger to life
  • Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights
  • Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes

The RED warning for our area is in place from 3pm this afternoon until 2am on Saturday (27 Nov). Please be prepared and stay safe.

Gusts in excess of 65-75mph have been forecast and there is also likelihood of snow, on higher ground in particular.

The Met Office offers sound advice to help people cope with the worst of the weather. Please stay safe and warm and stay indoors if at all possible

You can also find a wide range of information on the Ready Scotland website about what to do before, during and after a storm. Knowing what to do can help to keep you, your family and your neighbours safe and well.