Red warning issued for Scottish Borders as Storm Arwen predicted to bring 75mph winds

  • Scottish Border Council leader Darid Rowley

Parts of the Scottish Borders are set to be hit by winds of up to 75mph today which could bring power cuts, property damage and flying debris.

The Met Office earlier announced Storm Arwen as the first named storm of the year and has since issued the first red warning for wind alone since 2016, covering coastal areas from Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire south to Middlesbrough and parts of North Yorkshire.

Cumbria Police

This warning comes into effect at 3pm and is in place until 2am tomorrow.

The Met Office has said that a red warning brings several danagers:

  • 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

Superintendent Simon Bradshaw from Police Scotland’s road policing unit, advised people not to travel.

Supt Bradshaw also warned that there may be road closures as a result of the weather and urged people to keep an eye on the Transport Scotland and Met Office websites.

The East Coast Mainline in Scotland will be closed between 5pm and midnight tonight, and with road conditions also expected to be difficult, customers are advised not to travel on this route.

Scotrail are advising people to double check before travelling this weekend.

This map shows the warnings in place across our region and the rest of the UK.

Other parts of the Scottish Borders are covered by an amber warning for wind - the second most serous of the Met Office's warnings - while eastern parts of Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria are both covered by yellow warnings for wind.

In addition, colder temperatures may bring some flurries of snow at the highest areas of the region.

Amber weather warning

  • Flying debris is likely and could lead to Injuries or danger to life

  • Probably damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs

  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected

  • Some roads and bridges likely to close

  • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

  • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties

Yellow weather warning

  • There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel

  • There is a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off

  • There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected