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Flood and transport alerts

ENVIRONMENT agency SEPA has issued a flood warning for the whole of Shetland as strong winds brought heavy rain across the isles over night and into Wednesday, disrupting air and sea transport.

SEPA said the greatest period of risk began at 1.30am and continues until 2pm due to a large surge at high water bringing the risk of waves and spray “overtopping” coastal areas.

The agency has issued a phone number for advice and information on 0345 9881188. The quick dial number for Shetland is 21300.

Transport disruption has continued with the first flight from Aberdeen to Sumburgh cancelled and the rest of the morning inbound flights from Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Kirkwall delayed.

Departures have also been delayed all morning, with the 8.25am flight to Aberdeen cancelled as it never arrived in the first place. More information here.

After cancelling Tuesday night’s north and southbound sailings, NorthLink have said Hrossey will leave Aberdeen “as soon as tidal conditions permit”, arriving in Lerwick between 7.30am and midday.

The southbound Hjaltland is now scheduled to leave Lerwick at midnight arriving in Aberdeen at midday on Thursday, with no stopover in Kirkwall.

Check in times for north and southbound journeys are as normal. More information here.

Wednesday’s southbound sailing of freight vessel Helliar has been cancelled and will stay in Lerwick until Monday 4 January.

Shetland Islands Council has suspended its Skerries and Yell Sound ferry service and warns there could be further disruption to ferries and buses as the storm continues through Wednesday. More information here.

Shetland News detailed weather forecast can be found here.

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