Flood warnings as more rain forecast

13 October 2018, 08:19 | Updated: 14 October 2018, 11:17

Rain landscape

Heavy rain is expected in parts of Scotland with warnings that flooding could pose a danger to life.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of rain for Strathclyde and southern Scotland which come after a day of very wet weather on Friday.

The warnings, in force from midnight on Friday October 12 until just before midnight on Saturday October 13, warn that further heavy and persistent rainfall is expected on Saturday, with more flooding possible.

Forecasters warn that homes and businesses could be flooded and some communities cut off, while power cuts and transport disruption are also possible.

They warn that fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, posing a "danger to life".

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."

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued three flood warnings for the Churchill Barriers in Orkney, the Upper Tay and Ballinluig to Logierait in Tayside.

Ten flood alerts are also in place with southern and western Scotland particularly affected.

Meanwhile fresh landslips on Friday caused by Storm Callum as it swept the west of Scotland will keep the Rest and be Thankful closed over the weekend.

Heavy rain and strong winds brought 300 tonnes of debris from the hillside on to the A83 in Argyll and Bute on Friday as operators tried to clear landslips from earlier in the week.

The closure has caused a diversion of almost 60 miles for motorists.