Residents of around 400 homes have been told to evacuate due to the threat of flooding in eastern Scotland. Storm Babet is passing through the British Isles, bringing with it heavy rainfall and strong winds. In Ireland, the city of Cork was flooded and one hundred buildings were damaged.
The British Met Office has issued a red rain alert for the east of Scotland. The warning, which covers an area from southern Aberdeenshire and Angus to Dundee and Perth, is in force from 7pm on Thursday until noon on Friday.
In some places, 215 liters of water may fall per square meter, which is close to the highest rainfall total in an entire 24 hours on record. This record dates back to January 17, 1974, when approximately 238 l/sq m was recorded in the administrative unit of Argyll and Bute in western Scotland.
This is the first time since February 2002 when the highest level of warning was announced due to possible flooding. It means a threat to health and life, probable large material losses.
Appeal for evacuation
Angus authorities said residents of 335 homes in the town of Brechin and residents of 87 households in the villages of Tannadice and Finavon were advised to “evacuate for their own safety”.
Flood defenses may be damaged due to heavy rainfall.
Bus and train connections have been suspended. Lessons at schools were canceled.
Strong winds are blowing in Scotland on Thursday, which has already downed trees in some places.
Orange or yellow alerts have been issued for other parts of Scotland, as well as Wales, Northern Ireland and England, most of which will remain in force on Friday.
Flooded towns in Ireland
Consequences storm Babet was first felt by Ireland. The authorities of Cork city, which was flooded due to heavy rainfall, reported that one hundred buildings were damaged. The eastern part of the city suffered the most. Patients at Midleton Community Hospital in Midleton town center had to be evacuated.
The army was sent to help the affected regions.
Near Roches Point Lighthouse, 81.2 l/sq m fell, and at Cork Airport – 78.5 l/sq m. – reported the Irish meteorological service Met Éireann.
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