Weather update - Storm Corrie

Published on Sunday 30 January 2022

Update at 12pm midday on Sunday 30 January:

Please be prepared for Storm Corrie

The Met Office (https://orlo.uk/tH2Qs) has issued an Amber warning covering Angus, Dundee and North Perthshire, with #StormCorrie forecast to have potentially significant impacts across the whole Tayside area.

Anticipated wind gusts will reach 60-70mph widely, and even 70-80mph on coasts and hills.

This is likely to lead to travel disruption (with more fallen trees and tree damage), power outages, property damage and a risk to public safety from wind debris.

The strongest winds are moving west to east, and in Tayside we can expect to see winds start to strengthen during the late afternoon today, with the strongest winds will move across the area between approximately 7-8pm tonight and then at 3-4am on Monday morning.

There could be more sporadic high gusts through the rest of Monday morning.

The Met Office has also forecast that snow is likely for highland Perthshire and the Angus hills during the hours of darkness tonight. Gritters will be deployed where possible, but the Met Office has also warned of ice forming form on untreated routes, pavements and cycle paths overnight.

Angus Council will notify of any local school closures, as well as any transport and/or service disruptions on our Weather Watch webpages (https://orlo.uk/xrwSP) and via social media.

Please Be Prepared.

You'll find a wealth of information on the Ready Scotland website (https://orlo.uk/FL7PP).

For now, you can try to secure loose items in your garden, make sure your phone is charged, check on elderly neighbours and relatives and make a note of note emergency numbers.

Power outages should be reported to SSEN (https://orlo.uk/i3TM2) on 105 and you can download the Powertrack app (https://orlo.uk/4wM0P) for details of power cuts and restoration times. You can also report power cuts and network damage through the Power Track app.

Fallen trees and debris should be reported to Police Scotland on 101.

For Non-urgent injuries or health concerns please call NHS 24 on 111

Follow Ready Scotland Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Police Scotland NHS 24 #BePrepared #BeAware #StormCorrie

 

Update from SSEN at 7pm, Saturday 29 January:

Following the significant damage caused by Storm Malik on Saturday, 29 January, combined with the potential impacts of Storm Corrie on Sunday 30 January, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has moved to Red Alert status for its north of Scotland licence area. 

From the early hours of this morning, sustained wind speeds of over 70mph have been experienced across the north of Scotland, with gusts in excess of 85mph recorded on the north east coast.  The impact of Storm Malik has resulted in significant damage to SSEN’s electricity network due to fallen trees, branches, and other wind-blown debris striking network infrastructure.  Access to faults is also proving difficult due to fallen trees blocking roads.

SSEN continues to closely monitor a second weather front, named by the Met Office as Storm Corrie, which is also forecast to impact similar regions in the north of Scotland from tomorrow afternoon and has the potential to cause further damage and faults to SSEN’s electricity network.

As of 7pm today, SSEN has experienced over 200 faults on its high voltage network and its operational teams have successfully restored power to around 45,000 customers in extremely challenging conditions.  Around 25,000 customers currently remain off supply, with the main areas affected being rural Aberdeenshire and the Moray Coast, with pockets of customers also off supply in Angus, the Highlands and Perthshire.

Whilst every effort will be made to restore power to as many customers as possible tonight, there will be customers who remain off supply overnight, with the full restoration of all customer supplies likely to extend across multiple days.   

The main areas which are likely to be most affected by prolonged outages are:

  • North East - Aberchider, Finzean, Monymusk, Newburgh, Rothienorman, Strachan, Whitehouse- Alford
  • Grantown on Spey area - Balindalloch, Boat of Garten, Dalwhinnie, Kingussie

SSEN is also working closely with Local Resilience Partnerships to help coordinate responses and provide support to customers affected.  Customers who still remain off supply, particularly in those areas listed above, may wish to consider making alternative arrangements with friends or family, where possible.

Any vulnerable customer who requires alternative arrangements but is unable to arrange themselves, is encouraged to contact SSEN’s teams by calling 105.

Richard Gough, Director of Distribution System Operations at SSEN, said:

“Having now assessed the full impact of Storm Malik and as we prepare for the arrival of Storm Corrie, we have now increased our alert status to Red Alert. 

“Whilst our teams have made good progress and have restored power to the majority of customers affected by Storm Malik, due to the extent of damage caused, alongside the likely impact of Storm Corrie, we expect the full restoration of customer supplies from both storms to extend across multiple days.   

“We are therefore notifying all customers who remain off supply that they may want to consider making alternative arrangements, where possible.

“We would like to apologise to all customers affected and would like to reassure them that our teams are doing all they can to restore power as quickly as possible, where it is safe to do so.

“We continue to proactively contact customers on our Priority Services Register to offer extra support where required and work with local resilience partners to coordinate welfare provisions.  I’d encourage anyone concerned to give our dedicated teams a call on 105, where we can provide additional support and guidance.”

SSEN has been tracking Storm Malik for several days and has enacted its established resilience plans, mobilising additional teams and resources to areas expected to be impacted, including teams from our licence area in central southern England and contractors.  All available operations teams are working to restore power to customers affected as quickly as possible, where it is safe to do so. 

SSEN is urging people to not approach any damage to its equipment and instead, report it to SSEN by calling 105 or via its Power Track App and engineers will investigate as soon as possible.

Customers are also being encouraged to be prepared for the possibility of disruption to supplies by:

  • Saving the emergency power cut number – 105 – to your phone to use if your power goes off, or if you see any damage to the electricity network
  • Downloading SSEN’s Power Track app to give you details of power cuts and restoration times. You can also report power cuts and network damage through the Power Track app
  • Going to SSEN’s website where there is a wealth of advice and information on how to prepare for a possible loss of power
  • Following SSEN on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates

Teams from SSEN’s Customer Contact Centre continue to proactively contact customers on its Priority Services Register (PSR) to keep them updated and to offer extra support where possible, with over 54,000 proactive contacts to warn customers in advance of the storm. 

SSEN’s Priority Services Register (PSR) provides extra help and support during a power cut. Customers are eligible for SSEN's free priority services if they:

  • Are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Have a disability
  • Live with children under five
  • Are blind or partially sighted
  • Have a chronic illness
  • Use medical equipment/aids reliant on electricity
  • Are over 60
  • Temporarily need extra support

Find out more about the PSR on the SSEN website.

Or call 0800 294 3259.

 

Earlier update at 3pm, Saturday 29 January 2022:

A low pressure system that will bring very strong winds to Scotland on Sunday has been named Storm Corrie.

The intense area of low pressure will move eastwards across Scotland on Sunday, continuing across the North Sea in the early hours of Monday. Corrie will bring gusts of 70-80mph, potentially even up to 90mph in exposed coastal locations and mountainous areas of Scotland, in the late afternoon and into Sunday evening.

Inland gusts could reach 60-70mph, the highest winds are expected over the northern half of Scotland, north of the Central Belt. A Yellow severe weather warning for wind is in force.

Storm Corrie follows a separate area of low pressure, named Storm Malik by the Danish Meteorological Institute, that is bringing strong winds across the northern half of the UK through Saturday. Warnings are also in force for this storm.

Storm Corrie will bring very strong winds to the north of the UK, especially northern Scotland, on Sunday. This follows just one day after Storm Malik moves though also bringing a spell of very strong winds.

Storm Corrie will bring gusts of up to 90mph in exposed coastal locations in northern Scotland, with 70-80mph gusts more widely in the north. With back-to-back storms there could be updates to severe weather warnings, so keep an eye on the Met Office forecast.

As Storm Corrie clears to the East on Monday, the UK’s weather will remain blustery through the start of the week with occasional spells of rain especially in the North West, although it will feel mild with temperatures climbing to double figures by Tuesday.

Storm Malik was named by the Danish Meteorological Institute as the most impacts from Saturday’s storm are expected there. They’re part of the northern group of European nations that name storms. The Met Office names storms in association with Ireland’s Met Eireann and the Netherland’s KNMI meteorology service. The next storm to directly impact Ireland, the Netherlands or the UK will be called Storm Corrie, as per this year’s list of storm names.

Check the latest forecast the Met Office website, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook, or via their  mobile app which is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from the Google Play store.

Keep track of current weather warnings on the Met Office's weather warning page. 

 

Earlier update on Friday, 28 January - Amber weather warning for strong winds:

People in Angus area are being warned to expect gusts of wind up to 80mph this weekend.

The Met Office's earlier Yellow warning for strong winds for the area on Saturday has been upgraded to an Amber warning.

Storm Malik, as it has been named by the Danish Met Service, could generate some large and dangerous gusts over the hills and also create waves along the coast.

We we are acutely aware that the impact of Storm Arwen late last year means fallen trees are still being cleared in some areas and trees in other area have been left weakened or exposed.

An area of very strong west or northwest winds will cross Scotland on Saturday morning before easing during the afternoon. The strongest winds are expected in the east of Scotland later in the morning. The Met Office also states that a spell of strong northwesterly winds is likely to develop across western Scotland on Sunday evening. It will head southeastwards before eventually leaving the North Sea coastlines during Monday morning.

The strongest wind gusts will mostly be experienced along the coastlines and over hills, with many of these exposed locations expected to see gusts reach 50-60 mph for a time.

There is also a small chance that certain areas could see a short spell of more damaging gusts – up to 60-70mph inland and 70-80mph around exposed coasts and hills.

This could affect travel services, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Some roads and bridges may need to close and it is possible that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto susceptible sea fronts, coastal roads and properties and we would advise people to stay away from the coastline during this time.

Angus Council, along with partner agencies and volunteers, is prepared for this period of bad weather and the potential impacts it may have. Information, incidents and updates will be posted on our Weather Watch webpage as required as well as on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Earlier on Friday, the Scottish and Southern Energy Network confirmed it had moved to Yellow Alert status in anticipation of the gale force winds.

SSEN has enacted their well-established resilience plans and are increasing and moving additional standby resources to key locations in anticipation of any potential damage. They are also in contact with local resilience partners to aid preparations and are directly contacting our Priority Service Register customers in advance of the storm.

SSEN request anyone who sees any damaged equipment to keep a safe distance and report it to them by calling 105 or via their Power Track App. Engineers will investigate as soon as possible.

See for more information on SSEN’s website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.