East Lothian Council mobilised a Severe Weather Emergency Multi Agency Group earlier today and we continue to monitor the impacts of Storm Arwen, with very strong winds battering East Lothian.

The council and our partners are working throughout the evening and the night to respond to ensure a co-ordinated response in support of local residents.

The Met Office has issued a red warning of strong winds affecting the east coast of Scotland including East Lothian which is expected to last through the evening and into the early hours of Saturday morning. The forecasted strengths of winds include gusts of up to 80-90mph which.

There are reports of power outages in eastern/Hillfoots parts of the county. Affected residents are advised to stay home and keep warm while efforts are made by utilities companies to restore supplies. Look out for further updates.

There are reports of building damage/fallen chimney pot and slates, including on Dunbar High Street where emergency services are in attendance supported by Council teams.

The A1 remains closed between Thistly Cross roundabout and Abottsview. There are fallen trees on several other routes – please avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary.

East Lothian Council’s emergency planning, roads and forestry teams remain readied to deal with any traffic disruption, fallen trees and public property damage. The Council’s Contact Centre is open 24/7 Tel: 01620 827827 Out of office hours - 01875 612818

SPEN should be contacted if there are any power cuts: Phone 105

Local householders were earlier advised to take basic precautions such as moving rubbish/recycling bins, garden furniture, and hanging baskets and securing play equipment such as trampolines to ensure they do not cause damage to cars or property if blown over.

Stay home, stay safe.

Published: Friday, 26th November 2021