Eight flood warnings are in place across Tayside after the region was battered by Storm Ali.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued a series of warnings across the region late on Wednesday night – after a day which saw the local area battered by winds in excess of 100mph.
A string of roads were blocked by fallen trees, with visitors to Dundee’s V and A struggling to walk outside the waterfront building due to the strength of the gusts.
All rail services were also cancelled from Dundee, with the closure of the Tay Road Bridge causing traffic chaos across the city.
Flood warnings are in force in the following areas across Tayside:
- Upper Tay
- Pitlochry to Ballinluig
- Glen Lyon
- Crieff to Innerpeffray
- Logierait to Jubilee Bridge
- Innerpeffray to Bridge of Earn
- Carse of Lennoch to Lochlane
- Ballinluig to Logierait
Sepa said the warnings are a result of “heavy showers” experienced on Wednesday evening.
— Simon Li (@crucifixkiss) September 19, 2018
Low-lying farmland neighbouring the Rivers Tay and Earn, and in the Glen Lyon area, were at risk.
All Met Office weather warnings for Scotland have been lifted.
The Tay Road Bridge is closed to double-decker buses and a 30mph speed limit is in place.
All local rail services are back up and running, however ScotRail is still working to clear lines in some parts of the country.
⚠️ ^CT signing in for the early shift. Our colleagues at @NetworkRailScot have worked through the night to clear blocked tracks, and repairing overhead wires damaged by #StormAli. There's still work to be done though, we expect disruption until at least late morning. pic.twitter.com/B4Oh1ywJYO
— ScotRail (@ScotRail) September 20, 2018
A statement from ScotRail on Thursday morning said: “Storm Ali had a severe impact on Scotland’s railway infrastructure today (Wednesday, September 19), particularly in the Central Belt.
“The storm caused major line blockages – for example a number of trees fell onto the line – and overheard wires were damaged.
“We are sorry to customers for any disruption to their day.
“Network Rail engineers are working through the night to get things back to normal for Thursday morning. But there will still be some disruption.
“Our advice to customers is please check your journey before leaving the house on Thursday morning.”