Edinburgh weather: Flood warnings lifted

An umbrella gives shoppers on Princes Street some grief as they fight against the strong gusts of wind. Picture: Jon Savage
An umbrella gives shoppers on Princes Street some grief as they fight against the strong gusts of wind. Picture: Jon Savage
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FLOOD warnings for Edinburgh and the Lothians have been lifted following the threat of a storm surge in the Forth on Saturday.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency had warned that high tides coupled with the storm surge may hit low lying areas including the River Esk at Musselburgh.

While there was some localised flooding in the area, it is understood no widespread damage has been caused.

A statement on the Sepa website on Saturday afternoon said there were no “serious flooding impacts at present”

The Met Office had issued yellow “be aware” warnings of snow for Strathclyde, Central, Tayside, Fife, Southwest Scotland and Lothian and Borders.

Yesterday homes were flooded and people evacuated as a tidal surge combined with rain and high winds of more than 60mph battered the country.

Parts of the west coast were the worst hit, including towns such as Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, and Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, with waves crashing over esplanades and roads engulfed in water.

Dumfries and Galloway was badly affected by flooding.

In Powfoot three families were evacuated to a farmhouse from Queensberry Bay Caravan Park while one person was evacuated from Creetown and a few families chose to leave their homes in Port William.

Properties were flooded at Isle of Whithorn, Portpatrick, Garlieston, Kirkcudbright, Annan, Carsethorn, Powfoot and Port William, the council said.

The harbour was also flooded in Garlieston and Kirkcudbright.

Aberdeen endured the strongest gust of wind, at 68mph, while a 66mph gust was recorded near Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway.

Travel by road, rail and ferry was also disrupted by the adverse conditions.