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Bad weather reminders for Orkney public

Below is a message from the Orkney Local Emergency Coordination Group with some bad weather reminders for the public:

Weather forecasts for the Orkney area, from the MET Office and SEPA, include an amber warning for high winds from 5pm tonight, Thursday, until midnight from the north-west, and for rain turning to snow later tonight.

This convergence of conditions means disruptions to services are expected throughout the county tonight and tomorrow.

Barriers:
Due to forecast for high winds, OIC and the Police will review the Churchill Barriers at 6pm tonight. High tide on the west side is expected at 8pm. The barriers may close for longer than usual either side of high tide due to the forecasted conditions.

High winds:
Make sure outdoor items and loose polythene are secured.

Road conditions:
It’s expected that most roads in Orkney will experience surface water and pooling due to the heavy rain and snow forecasted.

  • Drivers should be mindful that during bad weather salt could be washed away – this could result in localised patches of ice.
  • Motorists should take extreme care and drive according to road conditions.

Transport:
Disruptions are expected especially to ferry services – watch operator websites and local press.

Schools:
Decisions on any possible schools closures will be made as usual in the morning. Listen to Radio Orkney and follow their Facebook page and the OIC updates Facebook page for announcements.


Low risk of coastal flooding
:

SEPA has indicated a low risk of coastal flooding for Orkney. Extra OIC roads staff are on standby to deal with any localised flooding or other problems, and the Peedie Sea will be monitored overnight.

Preparedness:
Be prepared for travel delays and other disruptions:

  • Charge mobile phones
  • Make sure your car is prepared with de-icer, scraper, blankets and drinking water
  • Prepare a home emergency kit including torch, radio and drinking water – more tips on the Ready Scotland website
  • Monitor MET office and SEPA websites and local press
  • Handy links can be found on www.orkney.gov.uk

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