Rest centres in Aberdeenshire will remain open into Sunday amid the extended “danger to life” weather warning.
Aberdeenshire Council decided to open facilities in Stonehaven and Laurencekirk ahead of the worst of the weather arriving on Thursday evening.
When new flood warnings were issued, additional centres in Inverurie, Kemnay and Kintore were also opened.
The Met Office has issued another rare red alert for rain across South Aberdeenshire all day tomorrow.
Heavy rain and harsh winds have been hitting the region for the past 24 hours, with some areas preparing to experience as much as 70-100mm of rain in coming days.
Due to the risk of flooding in several areas, the rest centres will be kept open overnight into Sunday.
Rest centres in Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire Council said it was taking a proactive approach to protect community health and wellbeing by setting up the rest centres.
The rest centres will provide a safe space for any residents who are unable to stay in their homes due to the severe weather.
SSEN is also providing hot food and drinks to the 1,500 households who are still without power.
The rest centres are based at:
- Inverurie Community Campus
- Kemnay Village Hall
- Kintore Village Hall
- Stonehaven Community Centre
- Mearns Campus, Laurencekirk
Welfare vans provided by SSEN can be found at:
- Bellfield Car Park, Banchory
- Stonehaven Community Centre, Bath Street
- Aberlour Parish Church, Victoria Terrace
- Grampian Transport Museum, Alford
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “We are working closely with emergency services, community partners and resilience groups around the readying of additional rest centre facilities should they be required across Aberdeenshire.
“Council services are discussing the potential of a limited catering offering should it be required.”