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  1. Parts of Scotland have been badly hit by high winds and heavy rain in the wake of what was Hurricane Bertha
  2. 2,000 people have signed a petition urging a Glasgow councillor who flew the Israeli flag to resign
  3. Wards in many Scottish hospitals have higher than recommended occupancy rates, according to data obtained by the BBC

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By Bryan Quinn, Steven Brocklehurst and Marianne Taylor

All times stated are UK

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    Bye for now

    Bryan Quinn

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel news from across Scotland. Hope to see you then.

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    Golden retriever honoured

    A life-size bronze statue has been unveiled in the Highlands to honour the golden retriever.

    Golden retriever puppy

    The breed was created at Tomich near Glen Affric in the 1800s by landowner Dudley Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth.

    A group called Friends of Guisachan has had the statue made and erected.

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    New Saints deal for Wright

    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has been handed a new three-year deal, the club have announced.

    The 50-year-old has been in charge of the Perth side since June 2013 and steered them to success in last season's Scottish Cup final.

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    Teenager's rescue efforts praised

    A schoolgirl has been praised for helping rescue a man who was trapped under a van in West Lothian.

    Hannah Nolan, 13, came to the rescue after hearing the man shouting for help on Saturday in Glenalmond, Whitburn.

    She left the injured man with a phone while she went to try and find others to help, before returning to the scene to wait for the emergency services to arrive.

    David Lockhart, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We can't praise the passing teenager enough for her actions."

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    Leinster test for Warriors

    This season's opening Pro12 rugby fixtures will see Glasgow Warriors host reigning champions Leinster on 6 September.

    Glasgow warriors

    Edinburgh begin their campaign away to Munster on 5 September.

    The Pro12 competition involves the top teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy.

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    Flood debris

    This photo of the A835 south of Ullapool was taken by Karen MacRae. The flood waters have subsided but there is a quite a mess left behind.

    a835 ullapoool
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    BBC Scotland Travel


    A82 Glencoe to Crianlarich road partially blocked at Bridge of Orchy by an overturned car. Police are en route - expect delays both ways.

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    Weather outlook

    Gillian Smart

    BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

    More heavy rain and strong winds to come tonight, affecting much of the country. Difficult driving conditions and risk of localised flooding, with gales around exposed northern coasts. Temperatures around 10C.

    Tomorrow: a wet start for most, with the rain turning more showery as the day goes on. Staying windy.

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    Tonev in town

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Scotland

    Aston Villa winger Alexander Tonev is in Glasgow having a medical with a view to joining Celtic.

    The 24-year-old was linked with a move to the Parkhead club last season but opted for a switch to the Premiership instead.

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    Salmond predicts 80% turnout

    September's independence referendum will attract an 80% turnout, according to Alex Salmond.

    The first minister - a former racing tipster - made the prediction while in conversation with historian Tom Devine at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

    Tom Devine and Alex Salmond

    He said: "I think the best bet of this referendum is a bet on an 80% poll. If you can get odds on an 80% poll, you bet it."

    During the wide-ranging interview, Mr Salmond also spoke about the collapse of RBS and recalled how his father wanted to hang former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill.

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    After the storm

    Thanks to David May for this photo as well. It shows the aftermath of what was "Hurricane Bertha" at Kingussie railway station.

    The aftermath of "Hurricane Bertha" at Kingussie Railway station.
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    BBC Scotland Travel


    M8 Glasgow - a breakdown citybound blocking the middle lane approaching the Kingston Bridge adding to the rush hour congestion

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    Stranded horses

    David May sent this photograph of four horses cut off from land, seen from the road between Carrbridge and Grantown-on-Spey.

    Four horses cut off from land, seen from the road between Carr Bridge to Grantown on Spey.
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    Traffic update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Drivers are facing delays in Edinburgh's Princess Street after it was closed up to Shandwick place. The road is now open again but it is very congested with traffic.

    The A835 is still closed from Ullapool to the A832 junction which will affect drivers heading to the Stornoway ferry.

    Elsewhere, the A73 is partially blocked at the M80 Junction 5 after a lorry shed its load at the roundabout.

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    Scotland Live link

    Don't forget, by clicking on the Scotland Live link on the main Scotland News website you'll get the full benefit of our new and improved format.

    Scotland Live screenshot
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    Traffic Scotlandtweets: M80 Southbound, Junction 5 Auchenkilns, exit slip closed, due to recovery work following a lorry which shed its load

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    Food poverty 'not acceptable'

    The level of food poverty in Scotland is "simply not acceptable", Nicola Sturgeon has said.

    The deputy first minister announced £518,000 in funding aimed at tackling food poverty for 26 projects across Scotland.

    Food bank

    She blamed welfare changes introduced by the UK government for a rise in food bank use.

    Scottish Labour criticised the SNP's welfare plans and claimed only it would remove the need for food banks.

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    Swept away

    Another example of a road swept away by the overnight storms. This time the B9136 near Tomintoul in Moray. The photo was sent in by Reuel Chisholm.

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    Man's death 'unexplained'

    A man's death in Aberdeen is being treated as unexplained, Police Scotland has said.

    Michael Tosh's body was found at Aberdeen's South Esplanade West at about 06:50 on Sunday.

    Police have appealed for help from the public in tracing the 67-year-old's movements in the Torry area of the city from 21:00 on Saturday.

    Mr Tosh, from Aberdeen, was described as being 5ft 6ins tall and had a slim build.

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    Enjoying the wind

    Angus Meldrum from Elie Water Sports in Fife sent this picture, which proves some people were enjoying the stormy weather.

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    Edinburgh delays

    @edintravel tweets: Eastbound Princes Street is blocked at South Charlotte Street. Queues building quickly on Shandwick Place and Lothian Road #edintravel

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    Dundee games up for Bafta

    Three video games developed in Dundee have been nominated for Bafta awards.

    The games were winners in the annual Dare to be Digital video game design competition at Abertay University.

    One of the games nominated for the BAFTAs utilises a virtual reality headset.

    The winner of the Ones to Watch prize will be announced at the at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Games Awards in London next year.

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    Aircraft crash man named

    A man who died when a light aircraft crashed on the Isle of Bute on Saturday has been named as 63-year-old Thomas McGowan of Stonehouse in Lanarkshire.

    Thomas McGowan

    A 52-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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    Murder trial

    A 19-year-old man is to stand trial accused of murdering a woman and trying to kill her 85-year-old partner in their Glasgow home.

    Isabelle saunders

    Paul McManus is charged with attacking Isabelle Sanders and Norman Busby after allegedly breaking into their property in Crookston in April this year.

    His QC entered not guilty pleas on his behalf during an appearance at the High Court in Glasgow.

    Judge Lord Uist set a trial due to begin in November.

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    Warsaw seek clarification

    A UEFA spokesperson has told BBC Scotland that Legia Warsaw have now asked them for the written explanation as to why Celtic have been reinstated in this season's Champions League competition.

    He said these are now being despatched to Legia and on receipt they will then have three days to make a formal appeal.

    The Polish club published an open letter to Celtic at the weekend requesting a "meeting" to decide which side should progress to the Champions League play-off round.

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    The Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre facebook page: "Hi Folks just to let you know we have closed the cafe today due to the weather.

    "This is the access road to the tracks from the Grantown-on-Spey side. We will keep you up to date on alternative routes once we have been informed. There is still access from the Glenlivet side but probably best not to travel till the river levels have dropped."

    The Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre facebook page
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    @wardys in Cumbernauld tweets: Shed load completely blocking roundabout A73/M80 no access to M80 west.

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    Dons want new stadium by 2017

    Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne says he aims to have the Dons playing in a new stadium by 2017, assuring fans work is ongoing behind the scenes to eliminate the club's debt.

    Pittodrie Stadium

    He told BBC Scotland: "There's a number of different elements that we're working on to hopefully get to a point where, within the foreseeable future, we could get the club into a debt-free position.

    "If we can get there that puts us in a very strong position to deliver the new training facilities that we badly need and a little bit further down the line hopefully deliver the new stadium."

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    Melissa Young murder trial

    A woman has gone on trial accused of a Christmas day murder in Edinburgh.

    Melissa Young, 37, admitted killing Alan Williamson at a flat in Glenure Loan on 25 December 2013.

    However, the Crown rejected her plea of guilty to culpable homicide.

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    Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Parts of the country are still be badly affected by severe flooding and gale force winds.

    The A835 at Ullapool is closed due to flooding and a landslip which is expected to take some time to clear. This will impact on the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry traffic.

    There is widespread localised flooding in the Moray area with very poor conditions on the A96 Elgin to Inverness road and the A98 Fochabers to Buckie road is also closed.

    Trains are suspended between Inverness and Aberdeen because of flooding and an obstruction on the line. There is currently a limited bus service in operation instead.

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    Strachan backs Deila

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says both his and Neil Lennon's poor starts in Europe with Celtic are evidence that Ronny Deila can turn things round.

    Deila's team were beaten 6-1 on aggregate in their Champions League qualifier by Legia Warsaw, only to be reinstated in the competition because the Poles fielded an ineligible player.

    Speaking at the opening of the SFA's The Scottish FA Performance School at Heriot Watt University, Strachan - whose first match as Celtic boss was a 5-0 defeat by Artmedia Bratislava - said: "It can be done. It's a test of character, but everybody in football faces these kind of tests."

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    Para athlete in tumour scare

    A Scottish para athlete has revealed he must have a tumour removed or be left paralysed from the neck down.

    David Smith, from Aviemore, won a gold medal in rowing at the 2012 London Paralympics and was an ambassador for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games.

    David Smith

    In 2010, doctors discovered a large tumour embedded in his spine and emergency surgery resulted in temporary paralysis. He then had treatment to remove three vertebrae and rebuild his neck with metal cages and screws.

    Surgeons have told Smith that the tumour has returned and will cause paralysis if not operated on.

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    Douglas Keith in Dallas in Moray, which has been badly hit by the heavy overnight rain, says: "The River Lossie burst its banks in the early hours of this morning with a number of properties flooded in the village itself."

    dallas moray
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    BBC Scotland Travel


    Grampian Region: 9 roads closed including the B999 Aberdeen to Pitmedden road and A980 Alford to Lumphanan road.

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    Andrea Newbery sent in this picture of the river Gynack in the Spey Street area of Kingussie

    speystret kingussie
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    Tonie Mayhew in Moray: "Where we are cut off in Kincorth, my husband has been taken by our neighbouring farmer, Malcolm Middleton, to meet a taxi at the Broom of Moy to drive him to Inverness airport."

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    There will be no play today at the pitch-and-putt golf in Aberlour in Moray. Helena Dahl sent this photo.

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    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will be a wet afternoon across the Western Isles, Skye and the west Highlands. Elsewhere there will be some scattered showers, but some bright spells, even some sunshine coming through.

    An seasonably strong wind, touching gale force at times, will keep temperatures to around 16C to 18C

    You can watch a full weather forecast here.

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    David Wright: Trampoline on A90 Northbound this morning just before Spurryhillock junction (image time-stamped from dash-camera at 05:49).

    David Wright: Trampoline on A90 Northbound this morning just before Spurryhillock junction (image time stamped from dash-camera)
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    Mandy Gillies sent this picture from Miltonduff near Elgin in Moray. This is where the road used to be.

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    This is a photo of the A835 in Ullapool, sent in by Little Beth

    a835 ullapool
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    Escaped prisoner found

    A prisoner who absconded from Castle Huntly open prison has been caught.

    Stewart Rattray failed to return to the Perthshire prison after a period of unescorted leave on Tuesday, 5 August.

    Stewart Rattray

    Police mounted a search for the 34-year-old in the Inverness area, where he was found on Saturday.

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    Daily Record

    Scots aid worker on frontline in Ebola battle: This is more sinister than any conflict.. you can't see the enemy

    Read the full story here.

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    Lucky escape for pigs...

    Inverness Outlanders tweets: Horrible weather and flooding today around Nairn. This is what DH found at work today.

    Pigs avoid landslide
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    Evening Express

    A woman spent six months thinking she had terminal cancer after she was wrongly diagnosed by local NHS doctors, reports the Evening Express.

    Aberdeen Evening Express
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    Elgin homes evacuated

    Moray Council has said will begin evacuating about 200 homes at risk of flooding in Elgin, one of the worst-hit areas.

    Elgin floods
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    Esplanade closed

    Police are reminding motorists that the Beach Esplanade in Aberdeen has been closed due to high winds.

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    Jags sign defender

    Scottish Premiership club Partick Thistle have signed central defender Danny Seaborne on a two-year contract.

    New Partick Thistle defender Danny Seaborne

    The 27-year-old, who can also play at left back, became a free agent after being released by Coventry City last week.

    He becomes the third arrival at Firhill this summer, joining Ryan Stevenson and Abdul Osman.

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    'Interesting' journey

    Robert Ince sent us this picture of his journey to work this morning. He said: "I had already gone through one flooded road, a torrential waterfall and a couple of other minor floods only to reach this immediately before the village of Dallas… an interesting journey all round!"

    Flooding near Dallas
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    Man assaulted in Meadows

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked in Edinburgh's Meadows at the weekend.

    The 25-year-old was walking near the tennis courts at about 04:30 on Saturday when he was approached by two men.

    After asking the man for money, the two attackers punched him several times, causing minor facial injuries, and also tried to steal his watch.

    Both suspects were described as white, in their early 20s, about 6ft, of slim build, clean shaven and with pale complexions. Both were well-dressed and had Scottish accents.

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    Hearts keeper out

    Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has told how goalkeeper Neil Alexander will be sidelined for a month with a fractured cheekbone.

    Neil Alexander injured at Ibrox

    Alexander was injured in the 2-1 win against Rangers at Ibrox when he clashed heads with team-mate Alim Ozturk.

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    Get involved

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    We hope you're enjoying the new-format BBC Scotland Live, with its improved video, audio and picture capabilities.

    We'd like to hear your views on this service - tell us what you think here.

    BBC Scotland Live
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    Stephen Murphy emailed us this picture sent from his friends in Ullapool. Looks like that garden shed is about to sail away...

    Flooding in Ullapool
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    Mike Kerr emails: The Falls of Feugh this morning - no actual falls visible under this maelstrom!

    falls of feugh
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    The River Spey from the Fochabers bridge sent in by Mairi Page

    fochabers bridge
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    Coming up

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Join me at noon on Radio Scotland when we'll be discussing the higher than recommended occupancy rates on Scotland's wards.

    And with the Electoral Commission intensifying efforts to encourage people to get registered to vote in September's referendum, we'll be explaining the eligibility rules.

    You can listen live online here.

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    Alastair Mackie emailed: Some pics of Central Elgin within the last hour including main rail line at the station. One shot looks more like a canal than the mainline to Aberdeen!

    some pics of central elgin within the last hour including main rail line at the station. One shot looks more like a canal than the mainline to Aberdeen!
    some pics of central elgin within the last hour including main rail line at the station. One shot looks more like a canal than the mainline to Aberdeen!
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    The Herald

    Angry Glaswegians call for resignation of councillor who flew the Israeli flag.

    david meikle

    Almost 2,000 people have signed a petition urging Tory David Meikle to resign.

    He waved the Israeli flag as civic leaders raised the Palestinian flag over the council HQ to show solidarity with those affected by the conflict in Gaza.

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    Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    The heavy rainfall is continuing to cause major disruptions for travellers.

    Services have been suspended between Inverness and Aberdeen due to heavy flooding between Elgin and Huntly and an obstruction on the line at Inverurie.

    Replacement road transport will run where it can but buses are limited. Tickets for travel today will be valid tomorrow.

    Flooding has also stopped trains from travelling through Kingsussie with most trains starting and terminating at Perth.

    There is also heavy flooding on the roads in Inverness, the Longman Roundabout is affected, and the B9154 is closed at the A9 junction at Tomatin.

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    More trains cancelled

    Scotrail tweets: NEW: No trains between Port Glasgow and #WemyssBay.

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    ScotRail tweets: Travel update for north: rail lines severely impacted by flooding. Please avoid rail travel today between Inverness +Perth and between Aberdeen + Inverness.

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    Greenock Telegraph

    The unexpected death of a local postman has shocked the local community, says the Greenock Telegraph.

    Greenock Telegraph 11 August
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    High winds

    Ilja de Vries from Kildrummy, Aberdeenshire, sent us this picture of a tree felled by this morning's high winds.

    A tree felled near Kildrummy
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    D-Day plane in Highlands

    A Douglas Dakota that flew in the D-Day landings avoided the bad weather to take part in an aerial display at Fort George in the Highlands.

    Douglas Dakota flypast

    The flypast by the aircraft was the part of the annual Celebration of the Centuries event at Ardersier.

    The troop transport also flew on Saturday, when it was warm and sunny.

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    Traffic Scotland tweets: A7 at Fountainhall - Full *closure* due to RTC, affecting traffic between Edinburgh and Galashiels. Div route in place.

    Further details: A7 VMS B11 (Stow)- VMS B10 (Middleton) - Closure, All lanes closed in both directions for up to 30 mins

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    Fly away

    Edinburgh airport has broken its previous record on summer passenger numbers. More than 1.1m people travelled through the terminal in July. This was a 4% increase in the number of international passengers compared to the previous year, and a 1.3% rise in domestic travel.

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    Network Rail Scot tweets: We're working to reduce flooding like this near Keith.

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    Network Rail Scot tweets: Water is affecting rail services at some places in the north like this at Huntly.

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    Met Office Storms tweets: This view from space shows ex #Bertha over the North Sea, still giving gales & heavy rain in Scotland.

    Visible satellite 9am Monday

    Visible satellite 9am Monday
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    Rolling river

    The River Dulnain near Carrbridge in the Highlands is rising further now, says Liam Mearns of Highland Weather.

    The River Dulnain at Carrbridge

    What's it like where you are? Tweet or email us your pictures.

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    Speeding drivers - Your views

    Are Scotland's speeding drivers being unfairly targeted?

    Alan from Orkney: "Is increase in accidents of 14 per cent due to speeding alone? Careless driving can be a factor in many accidents and a lorry doing 40 will cause frustration and drivers taking risks."

    Dave from Falkirk: "Studies have shown that speed doesn't kill , bad driving does, but speed is the easy target."

    Hector from Fife: "You mentioned increased road deaths as though this is a speeding problem when it is bad driving that is the cause. Unfortunately since Police Scotland came into being, there are fewer Police patrol cars on the road to prevent and detect dangerous driving, hence an increase in fatal road accidents. Speed cameras don't catch dangerous drivers. Uniformed police patrols do!"

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    Airport passengers

    Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest July in six years after more than 840,000 passengers travelled through its doors.

    Passenger numbers were up 1.1% compared to the same period last year.

    It was eventful July for the airport, a month in which it unveiled its new look international arrivals, welcomed the Commonwealth Games and confirmed Ryanair will establish a new base at Glasgow later this year.

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    Piping Live!

    Tens of thousands of people are expected at one of the world's biggest piping festivals, which opens in Glasgow today.

    Piping Live! features more than 150 events over the next week, with musicians from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada taking part, as well as pipers from Scotland, France and Spain.

    Pipe band

    About 50,000 spectators and 8,000 musicians are expected to attend.

    The World Pipe Band Championships take place at Glasgow Green this Friday and Saturday.

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    Met Office tweets: Stormy Scotland: Lossiemouth 88.4mm (3.5") rain in 12 hours with 61mph wind gust. Also 77.0mm (3.0") rain in 12 hours at Kinloss.

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    Scotrail tweets: No trains running between Aberdeen and Inverness at present due to flooding and debris on the line. Many apologies

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    Scotrail tweets: Flooding at Kingussie

    flooding at kingussie
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    Vote status

    Colletta Smith

    BBC Scotland Economics Correspondent

    Facebook add a 'registered to vote' status update on profiles to encourage registration for Scotland's Indyref.

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    Get involved

    What's the weather like where you are? How are you coping with the heavy rain? Tweet or email us your experiences and pictures.

    Two people struggling in the heavy rain
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    Speeding drivers - Your views

    Are Scotland's speeding drivers being unfairly targeted?

    Lawrence from Kilmarnock: "As a bus driver I fully support the police in their campaign. All too often I see blatant disregard of all manner of speed limits; but cases must be individually examined."

    Raymie from the Isle of Bute: "Police Scotland have been targeting a wee place in rural Argyll called Colintraive for weeks now. The road only leads to the village or the ferry. What a waste of resources. Clearly just there to make money...would love Police Scotland to justify it on your show."

    Dennis Grattan in Aberdeen: "The Scottish motorist does get hammered by the police and traffic wardens alike as they use motorists to achieve personal performance targets set by there supervisors. However in fairness to the police they have serious concerns regarding the carnage on our roads and therefore rightly target areas where excessive speed is a known killer."

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    Traffic Scotland tweets: A look up North now, #A95 #A96 #A82 #A83 #A85 & #A87 all looking wet, visibility not great in some places.

    north roads
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    Traffic Scotland tweets: The #A9 is looking pretty wet in Ballinluig & Slochd but traffic is moving fine on this route in both directions.

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    Highland Weather tweets: River Dulnain this morning

    river dulnain
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    What the papers say

    The ongoing independence debate continues to make the front pages of the papers.

    Newspapers 11 August

    The Scotsman runs with Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont claiming that mortgages could increase by up to £1,600 per year in the event of a "Yes" vote.

    The Daily Record leads with Paralympic gold medal winner David Smith revealing that he could be left paralysed by a tumour wrapped around his spine.

    Elsewhere, the Scottish Daily Mail leads with a story claiming that one of Police Scotland's top advisers has called for an end to officers carrying guns on routine patrol - warning it puts both them and the public at risk.

    You can read more about the stories making Scotland's front pages in our daily newspaper round-up.

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    BBC Scotland Travel


    Widespread localised flooding in Moray. No roads closed but very tricky in Elgin. Conditions on the A96 Elgin to Inverness road are very poor.

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    BBC Scotland Travel


    On the trains, there is flooding at Kingussie and there is BIG disruption. Southbound train stopped at Aviemore. Alternative transport can't be guaranteed because of the weather

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    Sammy wants Celtic return?

    Georgios Samaras is refusing to rule out a return to Celtic after he knocked back a move to French club Lyon. The Greek forward is still without a club after leaving Glasgow in the close season.

    Samaras scores for Celtic

    Elsewhere, Falkirk have appointed former Hibernian youth coach James McDonaugh as their new first-team coach. He has been widely praised for his management of Hibs' under-20 side.

    There's also Champions League football tonight with Scotland's top women side Glasgow City taking on Glentoran at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium.

    You can read more about the latest football gossip in our daily round-up.

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    BBC Scotland Weather


    The Scottish Environment Agency has more than 20 flood warnings in place, covering Aberdeenshire, Caithness and Sutherland, Findhorn Nairn Moray, Tayside and Speyside.

    The Met Office's amber warning for rain - meaning "be prepared" - is for the Grampian and Highlands and Eilean Siar areas of Scotland and there is a wider yellow warning for the rest of eastern and northern Scotland.

    By early Monday morning, Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland had recorded almost a month's rainfall in 12 hours, while gusts of 50mph swept through Aberdeenshire.

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    Hospital wards

    Ellen Hudson, associate director of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, said high occupancy rates in hospital wards were a real concern. She said the figures in the BBC story reflected her members' experience.

    She told Good Morning Scotland: "It is really not good for patient care, especially if you have got older patients who have maybe got dementia. They can get really disorientated and very distressed. They are coming into hospital and they are unwell. They need to be cared for in the right way, with staff with the right skills to deal with their condition.

    "If they are moved to other wards outwith their specialist area then it makes it very difficult, for example, when medical colleagues are doing their ward rounds to actually see their patients, and also the logistics of it in terms of keeping the wards safe and clean and that rapid turnover of beds as people are moving in and out.

    "It is not good for patients and it is certainly not good for staff."

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    Flooding in Moray

    Parts of Moray have been badly affected by flooding this morning as a result of heavy rain overnight.

    In Elgin, Police Scotland say that the A96 has been re-opened through the town centre where a diversion had been in place but other areas are still affected.

    An amber "be prepared" weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for the area and 12 flood alerts have been issued.

    Stephen Cooper, head of direct services with Moray Council, said: "At the moment there is widespread flooding. It is localised but it is widespread through Moray. We have had engineers out all night working on the situation and giving out sandbags.

    "We are now going to set up some local distribution areas to give out sandbags to local residents."

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    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    A report from the AA has revealed that Scottish drivers are hit harder with traffic fines than the rest of the UK and blames Police Scotland for having a "target culture".

    Louise White wants to know: Are Scotland's speeding drivers being unfairly targeted?

    A campaign backed by Downing Street to tackle loneliness has launched across the UK. The charity, Friends of the Elderly, wants people across the country to get to know their older neighbours.

    Louise asks: Do we need a campaign to get us talking to elderly neighbours?

    Also, today marks the 20th anniversary of what is widely regarded as the first online purchase - an album by Sting.

    We want to know the best and worst thing you've ever bought online?

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or emailing. The lines are open now.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

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    Hospital wards

    Health Secretary Alex Neil said some of the figures in the BBC story on hospital ward occupancy rates "were not true".

    He said: "For example, the BBC is claiming an occupancy rate in Inverclyde of 133%. According to Greater Glasgow and Clyde, that is absolutely not true and is 35% more than the maximum occupancy rate in that hospital during the period covered.

    "If there had been 133% occupancy rate that would have meant, at midnight, when these things are calculated, there would have been 33 people sitting on chairs and trolleys. Now that just never happens."

    The BBC story says: "Health boards are allowed to include temporary or 'borrowed' beds within the total available beds for any given month - meaning a hospital's bed occupancy rate will never be higher than 100%.

    "In actual fact, the patients in these beds are in the wrong ward and may not be getting the best treatment.

    BBC Scotland has therefore excluded any 'borrowed' or temporary beds in its calculations.

  92. Post update

    Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Heavy rain has caused disruption on the trains this morning. Trains between Elgin and Huntly have been cancelled due to flooding with a replacement bus service operating.

    Flooding at Kingussie is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to trains between Perth and Inverness. There is no firm estimate of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 09:30.

    There's also a lot of surface water on the roads which is causing congestion on the M90 at Junction 3. The A9 Dornoch Bridge is also closed to high-sided vehicles.

    Cal Mac ferries services have also been affected with the 13:30 sailing from Berneray and the 14:45 from Leverburgh both cancelled.

  93. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    What's to come. Rain will become confined to the Northwest, Western Isles & Lochaber during the day, with brighter conditions & scattered blustery showers for most. Highs 17C.

  94. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A YELLOW "be aware" warning is in place for today across eastern and northern Scotland with heavy rain leading to the potential for localised flooding and difficult driving conditions. In force until midday. Also a yellow warning out for wind across the southeast, Lothian, Fife and Tayside (but this expires at 9am)

  95. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    The Met Office has issued an AMBER 'be prepared' warning valid until midday today. The areas concerned are Moray, Inverness-shire, Speyside. There will be very difficult driving conditions along with localised flooding. Valid until midday

  96. Post update

    Good morning. It has been a wet one and will continue to be so for a wee while. Weather forecast coming up.