Flooding alert for Arbroath issued

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THE SCOTTISH Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Arbroath as stormy weather is due to hit the town this afternoon (Friday).

With high tide at 3 p.m., the harbour area is at risk of spray and waves overlapping the wall due to strong winds and storm surges.

Shore and Fishmarket Quay are also at risk.

Tayside Polce are also urging people to be cautious in and around these areas and warned of inherent dangers of people going to the harbour areas to watch the extreme coastal weather.

They warn that both the storm-force winds and swollen waves are unpredictable, giving rise to dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions for anyone venturing into harms way.

The advice from police is to stand well clear and avoid putting lives at risk, including your own and that of other members of the public and the emergency services.

Arriving hand in hand with gale force winds will be heavy rain, as well as sleet and snow in higher parts of Tayside.

As such, Tayside Police is urging drivers to take the utmost care in what could prove to be challenging and difficult driving conditions.

Anyone who is travelling through the wet weather should allow plenty of time for their journey, reduce their speed and drive according to the conditions.

This includes keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and using dipped headlights where appropriate.

Large puddles and pools of water are likely to collection roads in both rural and urban areas.

As such, drivers should slow down when approaching standing water to avoid risks of aqua planing. They should also give consideration to any pedestrians nearby.