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Route cleared to Skye village cut off by landslip

Kylerhea landslip Image copyright West Highland Free Press
Image caption The Kylerhea landslip covered more than 100m of road

A controlled route has been opened up to a village cut off by a landslip in Tuesday's storm.

Kylerhea, on Skye, was left isolated after mud covered more than 100m (328ft) of road.

Engineers managed to clear a route to allow residents through but said access would be limited to three hours on Tuesday and from 07:00 on Wednesday.

It followed widespread disruption across the country, brought on by heavy rain and high winds on Tuesday.

Passers-by and police officers rescued a baby, its mother and a pensioner from cars stranded in floodwater in Dumfries and Galloway.

On neighbouring island Raasay, the "bottom" road near the Raasay Outdoor Centre, was also closed after a 30m (98ft) section of parapet wall collapsed.

An alternative route was available via the "top" road.

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Image caption Rail lines across the country were affected on Tuesday and Wednesday by the weather

The weather has continued to hit transport links across the country.

In Shetland, a lightning strike forced the closure of Sumburgh Airport when the power was lost at the control tower.

A flight from Aberdeen Airport scheduled to arrive at 16:45 had to turn back and later departures to and from Sumburgh have been delayed.

Many passengers have faced weather related disruption on the trains.

Damage to overhead wires at Drem, flooding near Gleneagles and Pollokshields East, and issues in North Lanarkshire, where water caused a signal at Blairhill to stay on red, have been resolved.

In a separate incident, the train lines between Dunblane and Perth have been closed after reports of a person being hit by a train.

ScotRail advised passengers to check journeys before setting out.

In the Cairngorms, the snowgates have been shut at Cock Bridge and Tomintoul on the A939.

In Dumfries and Galloway, a flood warning for the Whitesands in Dumfries has been lifted and the route reopened.

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Image caption A Met Office ice warning is in place from 18:00 to 10:00

The A1 reopened at about 22:20 on Tuesday following the recovery of vehicles involved in earlier crashes.

Two sections of the road in East Lothian were closed for about 12 hours after lorries were blown over.

CalMac also warned of the heightened possibility of disruption due to weather conditions throughout the day.

Forth Valley Police said all roads in its area were now open, but due to the continuing wet and windy weather, drivers should take care and drive to weather conditions.

In the Cairngorms, the snow gates have been shut at Cock Bridge and Tomintoul on the A939,

Drivers have been warned to expect colder conditions in the coming days.

The Met Office has issued warnings for ice from 18:00 on Wednesday until 10:00 on Thursday, covering the centre of the country from north to south.

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