Flood warning as heavy rain set to hit Scotland

The Met Office has issued an amber 'be prepared' warning for the Highlands and Western Isles where prolonged and heavy rain is expected during Sunday and Monday. Picture: Lisa McPhillips
The Met Office has issued an amber 'be prepared' warning for the Highlands and Western Isles where prolonged and heavy rain is expected during Sunday and Monday. Picture: Lisa McPhillips
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PEOPLE ARE being warned to expect flooding and travel disruption as heavy rain sweeps across parts of the country tomorrow.

The Met Office has issued an amber “be prepared” warning for the Highlands and Western Isles where prolonged and heavy rain is expected during Sunday and Monday. It has also issued yellow “be aware” warnings for Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife where rain and gales are predicted with gusts of up to 70mph possible in exposed areas.

Transport Scotland said it is monitoring the situation closely along with its partners, including local authorities, SEPA and Police Scotland, to make sure that all the necessary preparations are being made for the conditions.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The Met Office has issued an amber alert warning of heavy rain which runs from early tomorrow morning through until around midnight on Monday.

“This may lead to disruption on local roads and to ferry services. With the conditions we can also expect to see flooding in areas and road users should be prepared before they set off on their journeys. While we will do everything we can to mitigate the impacts, people travelling should be prepared and plan their journeys accordingly.

“A great deal of work has been undertaken to make sure that Scotland is prepared for any likely transport disruption, and we will continue to monitor events through our national control centre.

“Before heading out, we ask the public consider the conditions and listen to radio reports, visit the Traffic Scotland website or Twitter feed, and consult their local travel operators.”

In the Highlands the worst of the conditions are expected across Lochaber and through the Great Glen.