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Efforts to save boats in Fife harbour

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Image caption St Monans was hit by severe winds which swept the east coast

Fire crews are working to save two fishing boats from sinking in a Fife harbour after the east coast was hit by severe winds overnight.

Gusts reached up to severe gale force 9 (54mph) and traffic restrictions have been imposed on several bridges.

In St Monans, firefighters are pumping water from the two fishing vessels and it is understood a third has sunk.

Heavy rains are also affecting areas of Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, the central belt and Argyll.

On Orkney an operation is under way to rescue a yacht which has gone aground off South Ronaldsay.

The vessel was spotted by her owner at first light in Widewall Bay. No-one was on board.

There are wind warnings for high-sided vehicles on the Kessock, Skye, Friarton, Forth Road and Erskine bridges.

The Tay Road Bridge is closed to double deckers and has a 30mph speed limit.

Central Scotland Police said extreme care was needed on roads in the area, after poor weather conditions left lots of debris.

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