BAD WEATHER

Rain is general all over Scotland …

Dumbarton Quay is one of the areas most prone to flooding in the past.

More heavy rain is falling in Scotland with warnings that flooding is imminent in some areas.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said potential hazards include flooded roads and road closures.

Storm Callum hit Scotland on Friday, causing disruption to road, rail and ferry travel.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of rain for southern Scotland, Lothian and Strathclyde, which will be in place until midnight.

The forecasters warn that there will be further heavy and persistent rainfall and that homes and businesses could be flooded and communities cut off, while power cuts and transport disruption are also possible.

Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible, posing a “danger to life”.

SP Energy Networks issued advice on power cuts and forecasters said transport disruption was likely.

As a result of fresh landslips on Friday, the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful and Old Military Road will remain closed for the weekend following a landslip earlier in the week.

Heavy rain and strong winds brought 300 tonnes of debris from the hillside on to the A83 in Argyll and Bute as contractors tried to clear landslips from earlier in the week. The closure has caused a diversion of almost 60 miles.

The Met Office warning states: “Following Storm Callum, heavy rain will continue to affect southwest England, parts of Wales and northwest England along with southern Scotland for much of Saturday.

“Areas of high ground exposed to the south and south west will be most affected, with the potential for a further 50-80 mm quite widely over hills.”

Traffic Scotland has urged motorists to drive with caution due to surface water on the roads.

SEPA’s duty flooding manager David Faichney told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme that the band of rain following Storm Callum could bring downpours of more than 30mm.

“Rivers are likely to rise today,” he said. “I think there will be a lot of surface water.

“At this time of year, with leaves coming off the trees, drains tend to get blocked and roads will be flooded.”

The torchlight procession for the Dunoon Mod 2018, due to take place on Friday evening, was cancelled due to the weather.

The Coastguard also urged the public to avoid exposed coastal areas, tweeting that a photo or video clip “is not worth risking your life for”.

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