Yellow weather warning for wind amid flooding and traffic disruption

Parts of the M8 were closed on Wednesday warning after a two-car collision amid heavy rain causing surface water.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind as blustery conditions continue in Scotland.

It comes as parts of the country continue to experience flooding making some roads impassable and driving conditions difficult.

The Met Office warned that road, rail and ferry transport are likely to be disrupted as well as bus and train journeys taking longer than usual.

The forecasters also warned there was a possibility of “short term loss of power” in some places.

Strong winds are expected to develop across the west and northwest, mainly affecting the Highlands and Strathclyde.

Gusts of wind are set to reach up to 60mph widely, however, it could reach speeds of 75mp in places like Mull and Tiree.

Traffic Scotland reported a lane being closed on the M8 on Wednesday morning due to a two-car crash.

Drivers were warned to “take care” when approaching the slow-moving traffic due to the closure.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain on Tuesday with the weather causing surface water and flooding on roads.

It followed multiple rush hour crashes including on the M8 and M74.

STV meteorologist, Sean Batty, said: “Blustery weather is affecting most of the country this morning, with the first proper gusts of the autumn.

“The winds are not overly significant, although ferry disruption is likely as well as some restrictions possible on the bridges.

“It’s also likely to be a bit of a nuisance with the first proper leaf fall, and pine needle fall from fir trees and conifers – which could lead to blocked drains in some spots.

“It’s also likley to be the demise of remaining sunflowers, dahlias and gladioli.

“Gales will affect the Hebrides for a time this afternoon and evening, with the strongest winds then moving to the Northern Isles overnight.

“Over the next few days, a strong northerly will continue to sweep the north of the country with frequent heavy showers, but a much quieter day is expected across Scotland on Saturday.”

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