SCOTS are being told to take action as the Met Office have issued a rare red weather warning on the east coast. 

Storm Arwen is set to batter Scotland from 3pm today (Friday) with an initial amber alert stating there is a "danger to life", but now a red warning has been issued which will bring extreme winds of up 90mph.

After upgrading the alert to amber yesterday the Met Office issued the more serious "red warning" stating that there is a very real risk of "damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blowing off and power lines being brought down".

The Met Office warning states: "High winds associated with Storm Arwen will bring damage and travel disruption.

"A spell of exceptionally strong northerly winds will affect eastern coastal districts of Scotland from later this afternoon moving south into south-east Scotland and north-east England this evening. Gusts of 80-90 mph are likely and these will generate some very large waves."

There will likely be roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.

The Met Office also suggested that peoples homes could be battered with huge waves on the east coast with water being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts. Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage is also likley. 

Stretching all the way from the north of Scotland into England, the red warning will last until the early hours of Saturday morning with Aberdeen the worst affected area.

Regions and local authorities affected:

Central, Tayside & Fife







SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

East Lothian

Scottish Border