UK & World News

  • 11 August 2014, 17:41

Evacuations Ordered As Bertha Moves Up North

Officials have ordered the evacuation of some 200 homes in Scotland as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha continue to move across the country.

The evacuation took place in parts of Elgin, Moray, as the level of the River Lossie continues to rise.

Residents will be taken to a rest centre being set up at Elgin High School, Moray Council said.

A Moray Council spokesman said afternoon hours would be "critical", given a high tide expected in the early hours of the afternoon.

Heavy rain across the north of Scotland saw more than 30 flood warnings issued today in areas including Aberdeenshire, Moray and Caithness.

Fair Isle in Shetland saw 13.2cm (5.2ins) of rain in 24 hours over the weekend - almost double the full month average for August.

Lossiemouth, in Moray, was hit by 10cm (3.9ins) during the same period and parts of Aberdeenshire saw gusts of 50mph.

Areas along the rivers Spey, Dee and Deveron were placed on alert, with sand bags distributed to residents.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued 41 flood warnings and seven flood alerts.

The Met Office also issued yellow "be aware" warnings for rain in Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Islands and Strathclyde areas.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it had attended more than 50 incidents in the Highlands, many involving people stranded after attempting to drive through flooded road sections.

Flooding at Kingussie also halted rail services between Perth and Inverness, while trains were unable to run between Elgin and Huntly.

Wales and southern England were left drenched on Sunday.

A First World War fly-past over the white cliffs of Dover involving three bi-planes escorted by modern-day Tornado GR4s to commemorate those who flew and fought in the Great War has been cancelled due to unstable winds across the Channel.

On Sunday, a taxi passenger was injured when a tree crashed into a cab during a sudden storm in Hull.

The Environment Agency has issued 11 flood warnings for England and Wales, indicating flooding is expected.

While parts of England and Wales are under Met Office warnings for rain and wind, forecasters predict it is likely to clear up as the storm continues its course.

Nazaneen Ghaffar, Sky News Weather Presenter, said: "Today most of Scotland and northeast England have a yellow warning from the Met Office to be aware of the rain that will affect these areas today, as the low pressure system that gave us the wet and windy weather on Sunday is still close by in the North Sea.

"A higher amber warning has been issued for the Highland and Grampian regions, with over 100mm of rainfall possible in less than 24 hours, leading to the risk of localised flooding.

"As well as the wet weather, it'll be another breezy day for all with strong winds across Scotland, gusting up to around 60mph across eastern coasts.

"Elsewhere over the UK and Ireland there will be sunny spells today but also fairly widespread showers, some of which will be heavy and thundery.

"The rest of the week looks to remain quite unsettled with further showers sometimes merging into longer spells of rain.

"By the end of the week it should become more settled but temperatures will still remain around the average or just below."

Traffic Scotland operator manager Stein Connelly said drivers in parts of the North East and Highlands & Islands are likely to face difficult road conditions due to heavy rain.

Advertisement