STORM DENNIS BLOWS AT GUSTS OF 120 MPH IN WEST

Dumbarton was badly hit by floods on the Quay. Pictures by Carolynn Bowman

Road, rail and ferry links have been cancelled as Storm Dennis makes a menace of himself right across Scotland.

ScotRail advised all customers in the west of the country not to travel because of widespread disruption.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said river levels were likely to reach similar heights to those in January 2016 and were due to peak between 21:00 GMT and 23:00 on Saturday.

Sepa’s flood duty manager Mark McLaughlin said: “These warnings mean that extensive flooding is expected to properties and businesses with many roads impassable.

“Some evacuations have been advised…We advise people to stay away from flood water and to not take unnecessary risks.”

A wider yellow warning is also in place across the majority of the country for most of the day, and will be followed by high wind warnings on Sunday.

A gust of 77mph was recorded on South Uist on Saturday morning, and high winds are set to continue on Sunday through until midday on Monday.

A number of flights out of Glasgow and Edinburgh were cancelled on Saturday.

CalMac has suspended some ferry sailings and the operator warned that others were liable to cancellation at short notice.

In sport the Rangers v Livingston game in Glasgow and the Motherwell match against St Mirren at Fir Park were called off.

The Highland mainline was also forced to close because of high water levels at Inver.

A landslip caused rock and snow to spill across the A82 in Glencoe but the road was still passable.

The latest weather warnings follow a string of alerts to affect the country in recent days.

Storm Ciara caused significant disruption last weekend resulting in a landslip which has shut the rail line between Kilmarnock and Dumfries for at least a month.

A building also partially collapsed into the River Teviot in Hawick and flood defences in Jedburgh were badly damaged.

Southern Scotland also experienced heavy snowfalls during the week with drivers stranded near Durisdeer.

The first of the latest warnings came with severe gales forecasted in the extreme north west of Scotland between 06:00 and 12:00 on Saturday.

It was followed by a rain and wind warning for most of the west and south from 07:00 to 20:00.

The worst conditions – prompting an amber warning – are expected in southern Scotland until 20:00 as heavy downpours combine with melting snow.

Scottish Borders Council said there was particular concern over the impact on Hawick, Jedburgh, Newcastleton and the Ettrick Valley.

It said it was making “all necessary preparations” for the forecast conditions.

After a brief period of respite, a further alert for high winds has been issued from 12:00 on Sunday to 12:00 on Monday covering most of the country.

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