Scottish Floods Disrupt Travel Routes as Torrential Rain Returns

Torrential rain hit parts of Scotland overnight, with lingering downpours causing road closures and widespread disruption to transport.

The Met Office issued an amber warning in the east of the country, meaning people should be prepared for further inundation and dangerous conditions. Surface water is affecting drivers across Scotland and the A92 has been shut between Dundee and Arbroath, according to the Traffic Scotland website.

There is potential for almost a month’s average rainfall over a 24 to 48-hour period, with about 8 centimeters (3.1 inches) possible in some areas, Transport Scotland said in an e-mailed statement.

“Just weeks after the first major storm of the autumn, the transport network is braced for another major challenge,” Transport Minister Keith Brown said in the statement.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said there is an increasing risk of flooding in northeast Scotland into tomorrow. The agency has flood warnings in place for Dundee and Angus, Scottish Borders and Tayside as well as Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Sutherland, Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh and the Lothians, Fife and West Central Scotland.

“We are currently expecting the worst of any flooding impacts to be focused in the Aberdeenshire area later on Friday and into Saturday,” Richard Brown, head of hydrology for the agency, said on its website.