Storm Gert bringing the hurt with 90mph winds

Enjoy the Union street taxi rank this weekend


After having just been named Scotland’s sunniest city, and surviving a flood reminiscent of the Old Testament, Aberdeen is set to be hit by the 90mph winds of Storm Gertrude. If the weather doesn’t piss you off the irony will. We’re to expect more floods, blizzards and general misery. Thankfully, the gulf stream will drop the locust hordes and frogs a little further south in the St Andrews area.

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The last time we had a storm of these proportions (three weeks ago), Aberdeen’s road and rail links were closed off leaving a number of students stranded. This time around may be no different so, if you have plans to travel this weekend, prepare for the worst. The Scottish transport minister, Derek Mackay, said that some infrastructure closures could be unavoidable:

“We are expecting some very difficult weather conditions tomorrow morning.

“Winds of this severity bring a high risk of disruption, leading to cancelled ferries, train services and restrictions or closures on bridges.”

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Aileen McLeod, the environment minister, warned: “Further rain and snow is forecast over the weekend, so I would urge everyone to take the necessary steps to stay safe and keep up to date with the latest flood and weather information.”

So stay safe when you’re stumbling out of the clubs onto Union street this weekend!