Weather Warning Effective 7th December: Storm Caroline

Storm Caroline has brought a spell of very windy weather, starting at circa 6am this morning and once Storm Caroline departs, snow showers and sub-zero temperatures are expected to hit over the weekend.

Please find below, detail relative to the warnings in place below for your information;

Most regions currently have a “yellow – be aware” warning in place which on the Met Office matrix is a low likelihood/medium impact warning, the regions covered by the yellow warning are; Central Tayside Fife, NI, SW Lothian and Borders, and Strathclyde with the chief forecaster stating;

“The strongest winds will reach the west early on Thursday, extending east through the morning. Winds will start to ease in the west later in the morning and then all parts by late afternoon/evening. Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across large parts Scotland and Northern Ireland during the evening”

Unfortunately Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland are on a higher level warning (amber) which sits at the medium likelihood/medium impact on the matrix – this gives a higher risk of structural damage and disruption, the Met Office report that;

“Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to northern Scotland. Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are expected widely with gusts to 90 mph possible in exposed areas. Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life. Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs. Longer journey times and cancellations are likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected. There is a good chance that power cuts may also occur. Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties”

Please note that for local regions the weather warnings are expected to be in place until 6pm on Thursday evening, however more northern regions are expected to experience the stormy conditions right through to circa midnight on Friday 8th December with Orkney and Shetland expected to be worst hit.

Further weather warnings in respect of snow and ice are also in place for the weekend as follows;

Friday – 00.05 until Saturday 6pm

Regions affected are; Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber.

With the Met Office reporting;

During Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the UK. 2-5 cm of snow is likely fairly widely, with 10-20 cm in places, mainly northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands. Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight. The heaviest and most frequent snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday. Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles

If the weather is adversely affecting you please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us on 0131 553 2293. For further weather updates you can visit the Met Office Website.

Weather Update: Amber Warning 16th October

The weather warning has now been upgraded to Amber for today from 12pm to 11pm covering the following regions; SW Scotland Lothian & Borders and Strathclyde. The chief forecaster’s statement confirms the following;

Ex-Ophelia will move northwards across the west of Ireland today bringing some very strong winds to Northern Ireland along with parts of north and west Wales and the extreme southwest of Scotland. Gusts of 55-65 mph are expected widely with 80 mph gusts likely in places. A smaller area of very gusty winds is then likely to run across Northern Ireland from the west with 65-75 mph gusts possible for a short period of time in any one location. Winds are expected to peak across Northern Ireland and north and west Wales this afternoon including this evening’s busy travel period and to peak across southwest Scotland this evening.

For information, the definition of an amber warning is;

• Amber: There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property. Amber means you need to be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office

The likelihood of a surge event is therefore increased in comparison to a yellow warning. If the weather is adversely affecting you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. 

Tel: 0131 553 229331 55


Weather Update: Effective from 16th October

The Met Office have issued two weather warnings in respect of wind, with the first covering the Highlands & Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian & Borders and Strathclyde in addition to Irish and English regions.  This is effective from Monday 16th October from 12pm to 11.55pm with the Chief Forecaster confirming;

Very strong winds are forecast to affect western parts of the UK during Monday. Southerly winds are most likely to gust between 55 and 65 mph across much of the warning area with the potential for gusts of 80 mph in coastal areas, particularly in Northern Ireland. These strong winds are forecast in association with the northward track of ex-Ophelia across or near to the west of the British Isles. Heavy rain is also possible in association with this system with north-western UK most prone at this stage.

The second weather warning does not affect Highlands & Eilean Siar however moves into Central Tayside & Fife in addition to the regions already mentioned above, the impact is expected to be less severe although the weather warning is active from Tuesday 17th October at 00.05 and 6pm. The Chief Forecaster advises the following;

Very strong winds are forecast to affect northern parts of the UK during Tuesday. South-westerly winds are most likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph across much of the warning area with the potential for gusts of 70 mph across the Central Belt of Scotland and parts of Northeast England. The strongest winds could potentially coincide with the morning rush hour. Heavy rain is also possible in association with this system with western Scotland most prone at this stage

The wind speeds predicted give an increased risk of structural damage to properties with potential flooding arising from heavy rain.  The grading of the warning is yellow which is the lowest level, we therefore do not expect a surge event to be triggered however we will of course monitor the effects in respect of claims from clients in addition to service from insurers/adjusters.

If the weather is adversely affecting you please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. For further weather updates you can visit the Met Office Website.

Weather Update: Sunday 1st – Monday 2nd October

It’s definitely a windy start to October!  The Met Office have a weather warning in place covering all Scottish regions as well as North England and Northern Ireland, the Chief Forecaster confirms the following;

“Winds are expected to strengthen across northwestern areas on Sunday evening with a swathe of gale force winds expected to cross many northern parts of the UK during Monday. Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely to develop quite widely, with gusts of 70 mph possible over parts of northern and western Scotland and more locally over high ground elsewhere. Winds are expected to peak across western Scotland in the early hours of Monday and through the Central Belt of Scotland during Monday morning’s busy travel period. The strongest of the winds should gradually become confined to northeast Scotland by late evening. In addition, frequent heavy showers are likely to affect parts of western and northern Scotland. This warning has been updated to include more of northwest England whilst the likelihood in the risk matrix has been elevated”

This warning is set to be active until 11.55pm tonight, wind speeds of the extent noted are likely to result in some damage. If the weather is adversely affecting you please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. For further weather updates you can visit the Met Office Website.

Storm Barbara Weather Update

Following unsettled weather and the issuing of weather warnings in force for the 21st and 22nd December, the Met Office have issued an upgraded “Amber – Be Aware” alert in respect of “Storm Barbara” valid from 12pm on the 23rd December to 6am on the 24th December, although a yellow warning remains in place thereafter with unsettled weather expected to continue into late evening on Christmas day.  Whilst we do hope that the disruption and impact to our clients is minimal, we would like to ensure that we are available to assist during a time when you might need us most.

An emergency out of hours contact will therefore be available from today and during the Christmas break in order to provide guidance and advice in relation to policy cover and the claims process.
If required, please call 07469 851302.

In the meantime, we recommend the following in the event of damage being experienced;

  • Check your policy documentation for home/emergency assistance numbers, some insurers will provide assistance with emergency contractors
  • Take all steps necessary to prevent further damage – contact a local firm, if you are able, to inspect and effect temporary repairs
  • Remove soft furnishings/furniture that can be easily moved from rooms if there is a risk of water ingress.  Put buckets in place to catch any water that might enter the property
  • Drivers should be wary of road conditions, only travel if necessary and do not attempt to pass through any areas of flooding – the depth of the water can be deceiving and cause irreparable damage to your vehicle

Update – 22/12/16

The Met Office have now amended the current weather warnings with the “Amber – Be Aware” alert in respect of the most damaging winds restricted to areas north of the Great Glen, the warning period is also now restricted to 12pm through to 11.59pm on Friday 23rd December 2016.

A further yellow warning has however been issued extending into Boxing Day meaning the period of unsettled weather is set to continue for an additional day beyond the original warnings issued.

For more information regarding the regions affected please visit;