Police Scotland is warning of travel restrictions after Red Weather Warnings were declared by the Met Office.

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Adverse weather is being experienced across much of the North and East of the country as part of Storm Arwen and this is resulting in high winds, particularly in coastal regions.

From 3pm today, until 2am on Saturday, the Red Weather Warning will be in place for all coastal areas within: Angus, Dundee, Fife, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

Members of the public in these areas may face numerous hazards such as flying debris, downed trees and power lines and high tides.

Motorists should not drive during the Red Weather Warning and other members of the public are also advised not to travel.

The Red Weather Warnings will also affect various coastal parts of the North East of England.

In addition, a number of Yellow and Amber Weather Warnings continue to be in place within all the previously mentioned regions and motorists within these locations are urged to take due care and travel only if absolutely essential.

Superintendent Simon Bradshaw from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit, said: “The high-winds being experienced along the coastal areas of the North, East and Southern parts of Scotland have led to Red Weather Warnings coming into effect and as such, any motorist within these affected regions should not travel under any circumstances.

“If you are currently within more in-land areas of these regions, then Amber and Yellow warnings are also in place and we are asking that you do not journey out unless for essential purposes and if you are doing so, to be mindful of the challenging conditions you will face.

“A number of local road closures and bridge restrictions may also be implemented during this period of adverse weather and we would advise the public to consult the Transport Scotland and Met Office websites for continuous and updated information."

Minister for Transport, Graeme Dey, said: “There is significant potential for disruption on the roads, especially on bridges, and people should check the latest information before making any decision to travel. They should also follow Police Scotland warnings to avoid travel in those areas impacted by the red warning.

“The conditions are also likely to lead to disruption on other modes of transport, so we are urging people to take the weather into account if they are planning to travel on trains, ferries and flights.”