High winds and flooding hit roads

image captionThe Whitesands car park was flooded as the River Nith overflowed by mid afternoon

Heavy rain and strong winds have been causing travel problems, with roads flooded and ferries cancelled.

Driving conditions were particularly hazardous on the M74 in South Lanarkshire and the M8.

The Leggate in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, is closed due to flooding, cutting off access to the area from the west.

Some ferries to Northern Ireland from the Dumfries and Galloway ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan were suspended for a while and now face delays.

Ferry sailings to Arran were also cancelled.

Weather forecasters said the winds were gusting up to 65mph.

The Forth Road Bridge was closed to double decker buses and a 40mph speed restriction was in place, causing delays.

In Dumfries and Galloway flooding has affected the A7 south of Langholm, the A701 at St Annes Bridge and the A76 at Kirkconnel.

And the A751 Ferry road in Stranraer is closed.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency also warned that flooding was expected in the Whitesands area of Dumfries.

A River Nith overflowed into the car park by mid afternoon.

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