Scotland braced for flooding after severe gales and heavy rain

Scotland is braced for more flooding after a night of severe gales and heavy rain.

Friday evening saw 85-mph winds battering the Western Isles, the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland, Central, Tayside and Fife, and Strathclyde.

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse has warned people to take care over the weekend.

He said: “The Scottish Government remains vigilant and continues to work closely with out partners to monitor the situation. I would ask that people take heed of flood advice from SEPA in the build up to the Hogmanay celebrations, as the situation may change at short notice.

"We would advise anyone travelling to plan their journey carefully, using all the available information from Traffic Scotland, local radio and public transport operators.

“In particular, ferry and air users seeking to travel to and from the Western Isles and Northern Isles should check with their individual service operator in advance for the very latest information before making their journey."

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued fresh flood alerts and warnings for areas across the country on Saturday.

Tayside is on flood alert, with flood warnings in place from Ballinluig to Logierait, Carse of Lennoch to Lochlane, Crieff to Innerpeffray, Grandtully Bridge to Logierait Viaduct, Innerpeffray to Bridge of Earn, Logierait to Victoria Bridge, Pitlochry to Ballinluig, Taymouth Castle to Boat of Cluny, and in Dalguise and Glen Lyon.

Flood alerts are also in operation across Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Caithness and Sutherland, Dumfries and Galloway, Orkney, Shetland, Skye and Lochaber, West Central Scotland, Wester Ross, and the Western Isles.

Warnings previously in place in Central and Borders regions have since been lifted.

The Met Office is warning of sleet and snow overnight and into Sunday. Heavy snowfalls are expected above 300m where between ten and 15cm of fresh snow is likely.

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