Flood alerts as rain, thunder and lightning batter North-east

Crathie Gardens East and West, just off of Holborn Street. Picture by Eleanor-Hope Johnston

FLOOD alerts have been put out across the North-east as heavy rain storms batter the region.

Thunder and lightning were at the centre of summer downpours over Aberdeen, Inverurie and Stonehaven.

A Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) spokeswoman confirmed flood alerts had been placed across the Grampian area tonight into tomorrow.

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She said: “Heavy showers are expected this afternoon and evening, which have the potential to result in some localised flooding from surface water and fast responding watercourses.

“Potential impacts lasting into tonight are likely to be localised flooding to low lying land and roads, with travel disruption being possible where the heavier showers fall.”

Aberdeen Met Office forecaster, Matt Roe, said the weather should brighten up tomorrow.

He said: “We will see heavy showers continuing across the North-east but they will begin to die away tonight.

“There is a risk of further spells of heavy rain across eastern Aberdeenshire with Montrose and Stonehaven getting the worst of the rain.

“We could see 15mm of rain there in a short space of time, which is why there are severe weather warnings out until 8pm.”

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