Warnings issues as gale-force winds set to hit Galloway

A weather warning has been issued for much of the country including  parts of  Galloway (pictured). Photo: SWNS
A weather warning has been issued for much of the country including parts of Galloway (pictured). Photo: SWNS

Batten down the hatches – Storm Erik is on its way.

Police Scotland is advising drivers to travel with caution today (Friday, February 8) and through to tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, February 9), following Met Office yellow weather warnings for wind and rain covering much of the western half of the country.

Gust of up to 50mph are expected as the storm passes.

Inspector David Hynd said: “The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain and that conditions for travel across the Highland, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Perth & Kinross, Stirlingshire, Argyll & Bute areas may be hazardous due to rain and extra caution should be exercised.

“In addition, a second yellow weather warning that conditions for travel across the southwest Scotland areas of Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire & Inverclyde, Argyll & West Dunbartonshire and south western fringe of the Highlands may be hazardous due to high winds and extra caution should be exercised.

“If you are driving a vehicle which may be vulnerable to being blown over in such conditions along exposed routes including bridges, please exercise additional caution and plan your route to avoid exposed areas or consider cancelling your journey until conditions improve.

“Previous incidents have clearly shown the dangers of driving vehicles vulnerable to being blown over in high wind conditions and the subsequent danger created for other road users, emergency services and recovery operatives where incidents have occurred due to drivers ignoring warnings.”

The police are urging members of the public to listen to media broadcasts especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland. Follow @policescotland and @trafficscotland on Twitter for regular and up to date travel information

Insp Hynd added: “If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.”