Tayside and Central Scotland

Thunderstorms in north of Scotland after landslides and travel disruption

Landslide near Royal Cottage
Image caption One of the landslides took place near Royal Cottage

Thunderstorms have broken out across the north of Scotland after heavy rain caused landslides and travel disruption.

The Met Office has urged tourists and commuters to take care with yellow warnings affecting much of the country until Wednesday.

A dozen people were evacuated after landslides at Loch Katrine in Stirling.

Rail services were also disrupted after part of the track was washed away between Crianlarich and Tyndrum.

Most of Scotland is expected to feel the effects of further thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meteorologists have warned people to expect sudden flooding, power cuts, travel delays and potential damage to buildings from lightning, hail or strong winds.

Yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms are in place until 22:00 on Wednesday.

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Image caption Extensive flooding on the track near Oban was captured by Network Rail workers
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Image caption Experts are assessing the damage north of Crianlarich

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency had 16 flood alerts in place on Monday morning.

Police said they had been alerted to a landslip near Loch Katrine at 06:00 after heavy rain.

A spokesman said efforts were continuing to restore electricity and phone lines after the road was closed near Glengyle House.

"There are no reports of any casualties and 12 people who were in the area at the time of the incident have now been evacuated," he added.

"Members of the public are advised to avoid the area."

Image caption Landslides have taken place near Loch Katrine

A second landslide has been reported on the south side of the loch, near the Royal Cottage. There were no reports of any casualties.

Meanwhile, Network Rail engineers are examining the extent of damage to the track between Crianlarich and Tyndrum.

The line was closed north of Crianlarich, with a replacement bus service running between Glasgow Queen Street and Oban.

It is expected line closures will remain in place for the next seven days to allow the repair works to take place.

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