Monday night into Tuesday – Flood risk and rainfall.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued a flood alert for the Western Isles. The alert came into force at 15:44.

A FLOOD ALERT has been issued for Western Isles.

A period of heavy rain may affect the area on Monday evening and overnight, which could cause flooding impacts from surface water and small watercourses in this Flood Alert Area. This could include flooding to low-lying land and roads with difficult driving conditions.

Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property. Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188. This FLOOD ALERT is now in force until further notice and was sent by phone and sms free of charge to registered customers of our Floodline direct warning service. If you haven’t already signed up to receive free flood messages, please call Floodline or register online at sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup.

Your Floodline quick dial number for this area is 22700

The full warning can be found via the SEPA website for the latest information and updates.

Now the alert mentions impacts from Surface water and small watercourses in the area. Having a look at the latest information we could see in the region of 30 mm rainfall across parts of the Western Isles during the next 24 hours. The greatest areas of concern appear to be for Harris and looking at the latest information South Harris. Along with the Uists and Benbecula. Out with these areas we are still going to see heavy rainfall but these are the areas that expected to see the worst.

Please share any reports, videos and photos with us. But only if it safe to do so. No weather warning has been issued by the Met office for rainfall for the Western Isles. But deemed that enough rainfall will fall for a flood alert to be issued.

Along with spells of heavy and persistent rainfall we are going to see strong gusty winds gusting 30 to 40 mph possibly some stronger gusts for a time. As noted this could result in difficult driving conditions. It’s worth having an awareness if you have any outdoor activates planned or out and about this evening and overnight. Conditions should improve as we go through Tuesday.

Your reports as ever are really important so keep them coming.

I will keep you update during the course of the evening.

Please do NOT use Western Isles Weather for the protection of life and property please follow local and national government issued warnings and advice. Please have more then one source for weather information in extreme weather, Such as the Met office as well as any advice and information given from emergency services.

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