UK weather: Warning of ‘danger to life’ from flooding as thunderstorms strike Scotland | UK News

Thunderstorms will impact extensive areas of Scotland today – with a caution that flooding could pose a “risk to life”. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert – spanning from the Scottish Borders up to Edinburgh, Fife, Perthshire, Tayside, Aberdeenshire, Moray and portions of the Highlands.
The warning became effective at 11am and continues until 10pm this evening. The slow-moving intense showers and thunderstorms may induce flooding and disturbances in certain areas – including tough driving conditions, travel interruptions and power outages. The Met Office has cautioned: “There is a slight chance that homes and businesses could be rapidly flooded, with some structures damaged by floodwater, lightning, hail or strong winds.
“There is a slight chance of rapid or deep floodwater presenting a risk to life.”

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The yellow weather alert for Monday. Pic: Met Office

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Between 30mm and 40mm of rainfall is likely. Much of the UK experienced thunderstorms on Sunday, with the Met Office declaring a warning for the majority of the north of England and parts of Wales.
Another warning was declared on Sunday morning for vast regions of central, southern, and southwestern England.

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Stay safe in thunder and lightningBefore the thunderstorm:• Lightning can cause power spikes, so disconnect any non-essential devices if not already utilizing a surge protector.• Seek shelter if feasible. When you hear thunder, you are already within range of where the next ground flash might happen. Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the storm’s center.During the thunderstorm:• Telephone lines can conduct electricity so try to avoid using the landline, unless in an emergency.• If outside, avoid water and find a low-lying open area that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.• Be cautious of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning, including golf clubs, golf carts, fishing rods, umbrellas, motorbikes, bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, strollers, wire fencing and rails. If you are in a tent, try to stay away from the metal poles.• If you find yourself in an exposed area, it may be advisable to squat close to the ground with your hands on your knees and your head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible. Do not lie down on the ground.•If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately.

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After the thunderstorm:• Avoid downed power lines or snapped cables.•If someone is struck by lightning, they often suffer severe burns. The strike also impacts the heart, so check if they have a pulse.

Driving in a thunderstorm:• If you are caught out in thunder and lightning, it is recommended that you wind up the windows and stay inside your vehicle. In the vast majority of cars with a metal roof and frame, the frame will act as a conductive Faraday cage, channeling the current around the passengers inside and onto the ground.• Soft-top convertibles, with their fabric roofs, are the most vulnerable and could catch fire if struck by lightning.• Be aware that current can travel through other parts of many modern cars, including GPS and radio systems. Cars with metal interior handles, foot pedals and steering wheels can also conduct current.• Vehicles can be damaged both internally and externally by lightning strikes.• Thunderstorms can also pose a risk of sudden gusty winds. Those most at risk would include cyclists, motorcyclists and high-sided vehicles.• Remember to give vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians more space than usual.• Keep your speed down. Reducing your speed will decrease the distance you travel when buffeted around by the wind.• Hailstorms can be extremely hazardous to drive in – reducing your visibility and causing damage to your vehicle. If hail is severe, stop and pull over to a safe place and remain inside the vehicle.

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