New storm hits east coast of Scotland

Dec. 20, 2012 at 4:22 PM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The east coast of Scotland, still recovering from a weekend storm, was battered by high water, surging waves and strong winds again Thursday.

Serco Northlink Ferries canceled service from Aberdeen to the Orkneys and Shetland islands, The Scotsman reported. The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency issued flood alerts for low-lying areas around Perth and Kircaldy.

While Saturday's storm hit areas around Aberdeen, warnings Thursday were mostly to the south, including areas in river valleys and on the coast between Aberdeen and the Firth of Forth.

In Lossiemouth, a fishing port north of Aberdeen on the Moray Firth, local officials said a temporary seawall was expected to be completed Friday. Strong surf destroyed a 50-foot section of the harbor seawall Saturday.

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