Scotland weather: Wind and rain set to cause disruption

Flooding in Comrie The weather warning comes after floods in parts of Scotland on Monday

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Scotland is set to be hit by heavy rain and high winds on Thursday, bringing a risk of flooding and disruption to transport.

The Met Office has issued amber "be prepared" warnings for rainfall in many areas across the country.

These cover the Highlands and Western Isles, Strathclyde, central Scotland, Tayside and Fife, south west Scotland and Lothian and Borders.

Winds could gust between 50mph and 60mph in places, the Met Office said.

They may reach as high as 70mph in some exposed western areas.

The Met Office issued a yellow - be aware - warning for Grampian.

The warnings are for severe weather from 0400 on Thursday.

The wind and rain is expected to move west to east across many parts of the UK during the day.

The Met Office also warned that this latest bout of rainfall was "likely to provoke further issues with flooding", following the heavy rain which fell in many parts of the UK, including Scotland, on Monday.

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Transport Minister Keith Brown said the Scottish government already had crews out on the railways and roads in preparation for the bad weather, and that work had already been done to clear culverts and drainage systems, following the rainfall earlier in the week.

He added: "Argyll, right down as far as Stirling and Perth and Kinross seems to be in line for the worst of the rainfall. So we're saying to people in those areas to be prepared."

Mr Brown also urged people to check their route ahead of travelling and to leave extra time for journeys.

Marc Becker, from Sepa's flood unit, said: "The heaviest of the rain is forecast to affect many southern and central parts of the country, coinciding with tomorrow morning's rush hour in some locations.

"Areas likely to be worst affected are those which experienced flooding earlier in the week. In particular, Dumfries and Galloway, western Tayside, Argyll and Central will be susceptible to further river flooding."

Monday's rainfall caused a major flooding incident at Comrie, near Crieff in Perthshire, where the Water of Ruchill burst its banks. Some residents were evacuated as about 100 homes faced a flood risk.

Perth and Kinross Council said it had provided 2,000 sand bags to replenish stocks after Monday's floods.

In Aberfoyle, flooding led to the main street being completely closed in both directions, and the school was also shut. Properties in the town were also flooded, as were some properties in Dunblane and Callander.

Road closures also took place around Scotland as a result of Monday's flooding.

These included the Rest and Be Thankful section of the A83 in Argyll, which closed after a landslip.

An estimated 100-150 tonnes of debris was spread across the road and torrential rainfall blocked the drainage system, causing severe flooding on the road surface.

Flooding also caused problems on the railways, and some ferry services were cancelled.

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