A second person has died after being hit by a tree as life-threatening weather bringing strong winds and severe floods sweeps the country.
Shortly after 5pm on Thursday afternoon, police were called to a report of a one-vehicle crash in which a tree struck a van near Forfar in Angus, killing the 56-year-old driver.
The incident happened on the B9127 at Whigstreet and the road remains closed.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 5.05pm on Thursday, October 19, 2023, police received a report of a one-vehicle crash in which a tree struck a van on the B9127 at Whigstreet near Forfar.
“Emergency services attended, however, the 56-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Next of kin have been informed and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
“The road remains closed.”
A 57-year-old woman also died after being swept into a river in Angus on Thursday afternoon while more than 400 homes in the area were asked to evacuate.
An urgent search is under way after reports of a man trapped in a vehicle in floodwater near Marykirk.
Angus Council has said it is in “the middle of a very serious emergency” with “unprecedented” record-breaking flooding with most roads affected.
Flood levels are more than half a metre over the highest recorded. Defences in Brechin were breached at around 4am with River South Esk 4.4m above normal.
A further red warning for rain has been issued as life-threatening weather will continue into Saturday, the Met Office said.
A warning covering Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perth and Kinross and Dundee will end at midday on Friday. However a second red alert comes into force at midnight.
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