Thunderstorms on way, warns council

Thunderstorms have been forecast this afternoon
Thunderstorms have been forecast this afternoon

TOWNSFOLK could face some disruption today with heavy showers and thunderstorms expected to hit the region.

An Amber (be prepared) warning from the Met Office for heavy rain has been put in place for the north-west Borders from 2pm until 8pm. Between 20mm and 30mm of rain is forecast to fall in just one hour, leading to the risk of localised flash flooding. The area could also see half of the usual monthly rainfall falling in just 2-3 hours. There is also a Yellow (be aware) warning for the whole of the region until 11pm.

Surface water on roads will make driving conditions difficult in places. Hail could also fall in some areas, possibly leaving roads slippery for a time and slowing the drainage of the surface water.

In line with Met Office guidance for Amber warnings, people should be prepared for some disruption to normal daily routines, including the possibility of flooding to homes, businesses and transport links.

Officers from Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Police Scotland held a teleconference with the Met Office this morning and will also meet this afternoon to receive an update on the situation.

Rob Dickson, SBC’s director of environment and infrastructure, said: “The public should be prepared for the risk of localised flash flooding, particularly where these thunderstorms occur in urbanised areas. Motorists could also face problems due to the intensity of the rain and the risk of surface water on the roads. We would encourage them to think carefully about whether they need to travel when the weather is at its worst from mid-afternoon into the evening.

“We have already put plans in place to help the area cope and our services are ready for these Amber and Yellow weather warning periods. Staff will be checking grills on river culverts across the region to make sure there are no blockages, which would lead to a greater flood risk. We are also contacting areas with Resilient Communities plans in place to activate these where appropriate to help minimise the risk of the storms and heavy rain.”

Weather conditions are expected to ease going into tomorrow (Tuesday).