More than 50 schools have been closed and scores of ferries,trains and flights cancelled this morning as the region braces for Storm Caroline’s arrival.
Severe flood warnings were issued last night while The Met Office announced an amber wind warning for the north-east, Moray, the northern Highlands, Orkney and Shetland.
In Aberdeen, the city’s Christmas Village on Broad Street was shut over fears that high winds of up to 90mph could pose a risk to the public. And the local authority has announced the HAAN market, due to open today, will not go ahead.
Travel operators warned of major disruption across the north, with Scotrail announcing a number of services would be suspended last night.
And in Aboyne, hundreds of homes and the local primary school were left with no power for several hours.
Motorists struggled against strong winds and on the A947 a fallen tree caused disruption near King Edward, Banff.