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NHS Grampian encourage people to stay at home as Police Scotland warn of travel restrictions during Storm Arwen

By Jonathan Clark

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NHS Grampian and Police Scotland have released warnings as Storm Arwen continues to batter the north-east.

The NHS is encouraging people to stay at home, while Police Scotland have warned people in Moray not to travel unless necessary.

MORE: Moray Council ask people to avoid harbour and coastal areas amid storm.

A red weather warning for many areas across the north-east and east was declared by the Met Office earlier today and will remain in place until tomorrow at 2am.

Moray is not in the area covered by the red weather warning – with an amber warning in the area at present – but residents have been asked to stay home and only travel if essential.

The weather warning.
The weather warning.

Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit, said: “"The high-winds being experienced along the coastal areas of the north, east and southern parts of Scotland have led to red weather warnings coming into effect and, as such, any motorist within these affected regions should not travel under any circumstances.

“If you are currently within more inland areas of these regions, then amber and yellow warnings are also in place and we are asking that you do not journey out unless for essential purposes and if you are doing so, to be mindful of the challenging conditions you will face.

“A number of local road closures and bridge restrictions may also be implemented during this period of adverse weather and we would advise the public to consult the Transport Scotland and Met Office websites for continuous and updated information."

Members of the public should expect to face numerous hazards such as flying debris and downed trees.

Minister for Transport, Graeme Dey, said: “There is significant potential for disruption on the roads, especially on bridges, and people should check the latest information before making any decision to travel.

"They should also follow Police Scotland warnings to avoid travel in those areas impacted by the red warning.

“The conditions are also likely to lead to disruption on other modes of transport, so we are urging people to take the weather into account if they are planning to travel on trains, ferries and flights.”

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