- 24-hour weather warning for heavy rain comes into force on Thursday
- The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency issues 12 flood alerts and two flood warnings
- No LNER services will run between Edinburgh and Aberdeen after 10.30am on Thursday
- The A92 remains closed between Parbroath and the Forgan Roundabout due to heavy flooding
- Major incident declared in England where 54 flood warnings are in place
Storm Ciarán is battering Scotland with heavy rain bringing flooding and travel disruption across the country.
A 24-hour Met Office yellow weather warning came into force at 6am on Thursday covering the entire east of the country.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued 12 flood alerts across parts of Scotland as well as two flood warnings in Dumfries and Galloway and Tayside.
The A92 remains closed in both directions for the third day in a row between Parbroath and Forgan Roundabout due to heavy flooding.
Storm Ciarán, the third named storm of the season, has brought high winds and heavy rain to the south of England.
A combined five amber and yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office throughout the UK due to the weather system.
England’s Environment Agency has issed 54 flood warnings, most of which are along the south coast, where a major incident has been declared in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. A further 134 alerts are in place for possible flooding.
“While Storm Ciaran will largely affect England and Wales with the worst of the wind and rain, Scotland will once again experience another spell of very wet weather in the coming days,” said STV meteorologist Sean Batty.
“Again the worst of the rainfall will fall in the east of the country, especially over higher ground.
“In the easterly air flow between Wednesday and Friday 40-60mm of rain could fall fairly widely over Easter Ross, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire, East Lothian and the Borders.
“This is less rainfall than we got from Storm Babet, however, water tables are still higher than normal and this extra rainfall could again lead to some flooding issues.”
Severe weather on Wednesday saw roads flooded and train services in Scotland disrupted.
It comes as clean-up operations in the wake of Storm Babet continue with hundreds still unable to return to their homes.
No LNER services between Edinburgh and Aberdeen will operate after 10.30am on Thursday until Saturday in both directions.
Train operators have warned travellers to expect disruption on cross-border services.
Services between Newcastle and Edinburgh will run on an hourly service from 3pm and will be in place until the end of service on Friday.
Speed restrictions will be in place on the route which may see services subject to delays of up to 40 minutes.
Network Rail is imposing speed restrictions across parts of Scotland and while most ScotRail services will be unaffected, some areas will see delays.
Speed restrictions will be in place on routes between Aberdeen and Inverness; Berwick and Edinburgh; Edinburgh and Dundee and Dundee and Aberdeen.
TransPennine Express services between Newcastle and Edinburgh will also be subject to delays, with the operator urging passengers to check their journeys ahead of travel.
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