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Aberdeenshire schools and travel hit by continuing bad weather

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Heavy rain and strong winds closed schools in Aberdeenshire and caused travel problems alongside renewed flooding fears.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued severe flood warnings for Inverurie and Kintore - meaning possible danger to life.

The flood gates on the River Carron in Stonehaven were closed due to the heavy rain.

Aberdeenshire Council reported several school closures as the day progressed.

This included Glenbervie Primary due to roof damage and flooding.

ScotRail said heavy flooding between Dyce and Inverurie closed the line. It later reopened, allowing trains between Aberdeen and Inverness to run again.

However, later flooding near Insch again disrupted rail travel.

Police urged caution on the roads - especially in the Deeside, Donside and Mearns areas, due to surface water and floods.

An amber "be prepared" warning had been issued for Thursday by the Met Office, meaning further "heavy and prolonged rain" was expected.

The warning applied to the Grampian and Central, Tayside and Fife regions.

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Image caption A Sepa map detailing the areas facing the risk of serious flooding

Chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: "Given the recent exceptionally wet weather with high river levels and saturated ground, please be prepared for further surface water and river flooding as well as disruption to transport."

An amber warning means there is an increased likelihood of weather causing transport disruption and delays, as well as interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

Similar warnings were issued last weekend for much of north-east and central Scotland - the areas among the worst affected by Storm Frank.

Police Scotland has said drivers should "exercise extra caution" when travelling on the roads.

David Faichney, hydrology duty manager at Sepa, said the respite from the rain on Wednesday would be short-lived.

He said: "With the saturated nature of the ground and the currently high river levels we expect to see some significant flooding impacts in parts of Tayside, Angus, Aberdeenshire and eastern Moray.

"This is likely to include flooding of properties, roads and further disruption to infrastructure and travel.

"We would strongly advise those in vulnerable flood risk to stay flood prepared."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has praised all those involved in the response to the flooding.

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