- An Amber weather warning is in force in many parts of western Scotland until 0300 on Sunday
- The persistent rain has already caused landslips, train cancellations and road closures
- The Met Office said areas of the Highlands and central Scotland could see up to a month’s worth of rain
- The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency say they have “quite significant concerns” for some communities on the west coast
- Spokesman Vincent Fitzsimmons: “This is not just a normal wet autumn day. We are concerned about the possibility of significant flooding.”
- ScotRail has cancelled services from Oban, Mallaig and Fort William, from Helensburgh Central and on the Highland Mainline between Perth and Inverness.
- A number of roads have been closed due to flooding and landslides including the A83 between Tarbet and Inverary
- Meanwhile, for the south-east England an unseasonal high of 26C was expected
West Highland Way – ‘Crazy floodwaters’
Julie Odell and her husband are currently walking the West Highland Way with their dog and awoke at the Beinglas Campsite in Inverarnan to see “the most crazy floodwaters”.
“What used to be a field with a track to the A82 has overnight turned into a lake,” she said. “The staff are being amazing. We thankfully are in one of their cosy cabins and not camping but have offered our cabin as refuge to any campers.
“Both are track, and the back roads are cut off by flood water. So nobody is going anywhere today and no taxis or cars can come and collect people either.”
She added: “It’s a good atmosphere with everyone looking after each other here and the staff say they’ve never ever seen anything like this before.”
Ten people have been airlifted from their vehicles after landslides closed two roads in Scotland.
A number of vehicles were stuck on the A83 and A815 in Argyll and Bute and an HM Coastguard helicopter was used to remove them to safety.
Police say there were no reports of any injuries. The roads remain closed and drivers are being warned to avoid the area.
The main Glasgow to Edinburgh train line – which had been closed because of flooding – has reopened.
Network Rail engineers had to inspect the line at the Winchburgh tunnel as torrential rain threatened to make it unsafe for trains. It reopened just after 3pm.
But many rail lines in Scotland remain closed. The Highland mainline was shut as water levels on the River Tay reached danger levels. Network Rail said they were particularly concerned about the Dalgusie Viaduct and had put someone in to watch the crossing.
Meanwhile at Dalmuir (below) , the pumps used to clear the line at a section of tunnels were overwhelmed, with waters reaching around the window level of the trains.