Met Office issue weather warning

The Met Office issued a weather warning last week, urging residents to stay away from coastal areas during stormy weather.

The severe weather warning urged people to stay away from coastal and harbour areas on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, for their own safety.

It was forecast that up to 30mm rains would affect large parts of the country and that the weather could result in rough seas developing along parts of the coastline.

The Grampian Strategic Coordinating Group met on Wednesday (December 19) to discuss the predicted weather issues.

The Grampian SCG was responsible for coordinating the emergency response over the weekend and is made up of a number of organisations, including Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, SEPA and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Area Manager for Kincardine & Mearns at Aberdeenshire Council, Willie Munro, said: “Heavy rainfall and strong winds can be a dangerous combination, particularly on coastal areas when combined with rough seas and powerful waves.

“If the weather deteriorates please take care and do not put yourself into a potentially dangerous situation.

“I can understand why people might like to go out and see what is happening, but bear in mind that the weather can change for the worse at a moment’s notice and can be extremely unpredictable.”