Flooding and lightning strikes as weather warning issued

Expect heavy showers and disruption to travel, the Met Office has said.

Flooding and lightning strikes expected as Met Office yellow weather warning issued for east coast of Scotland iStock

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to batter parts of Scotland on Wednesday.

It comes after some areas saw a deluge on Tuesday night.

Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Georgia was suspended for over 90 minutes after torrential rain at Hampden flooded the pitch.

Glasgow’s West Street subway station was shut on Wednesday morning due to flooding.

The Met Office have issued a new yellow warning for the east of the country covering the Highlands all the way down to Newcastle in England.

Residents have been told to expect of flooding and disruption to travel with the warning in place between 12pm and 6pm.

Train services have also been affected along with road conditions being dangerous due to spray and standing water.

The A92 has faced flooding between Stonehaven to Portlethen.

Network Rail have imposed a speed restriction on trains between Montrose and Aberdeen.

ScotRail also confirmed: “We’re having to run trains at a reduced speed between Aberdeen and Laurencekirk due to heavy rain being forecast. Local services between Aberdeen and Montrose are suspended, whilst services between Inverurie and Montrose will terminate and start back from Aberdeen.”

Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Georgia was suspended for over 90 minutes after torrential rain at Hampden flooded the pitch.SNS Group

Hail stones may also occur in some areas.

The Met Office also state there will “probably be some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes”.

Due to the sudden extreme rainfall on Tuesday night, Network Rail implemented speed restrictions in many areas.

“We need to confirm that this rainfall hasn’t caused any damage, so these will remain in place until each line has been inspected,” a spokesperson said.

The thunderstorms come after a period of scorching temperatures across the country alongside warnings of water scarcity and risk of wildfires.

Scotland beat Georgia 2-0 at Hampden after a “surreal” 90 -minute rain delay.

A heavy downpour in Mount Florida left visible surface water as the crucial match kicked off but players found it difficult to pass the ball in the early stages.

After it became apparent that conditions were seriously affecting play, the match officials took the decision to pause the match.

In the hour before kick-off, around 15mm of rain fell at Hampden, equivalent to the normal amount in six days at Hampden.

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