Amber warning over severe gales and rain

MOTORISTS in Scotland faced disruption as the country battled severe gales and rain.

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The Met Office issued an 11-hour Amber warning, from 9pm last night to 8am today, and drivers were urged to take care.

Gales of up to 80mph were expected in Argyll overnight, while forecasters said the wind speed in Glasgow would peak at 60mph.

Flooding was predicted in vulnerable areas close to the River Clyde, including Dumbarton, Millport and Largs, after The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued warnings of tidal surges.

West Dunbartonshire Council urged homeowners and businesses to take precautions. The council said: "Flooding is possible in Dumbarton High Street and properties in the vicinity.

"Further flooding possible in localised vulnerable areas in Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East and Dumbarton Common."

Police Scotland said conditions for travel in Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute and the Western Isles could be hazardous.

The force said drivers should prepare. It added: "If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

"You should also charge your mobile phone and plan an alternative route as well as your original route."

Peter Sloss, forecaster with the Met Office, said: "The weather will be worse on the Clyde coast.

"West Argyll could well see wind speeds of up to 80mph."

Meanwhile, a woman died after a tree fell on her car amid gale force storms battering Ireland.

The 23-year-old died from her injuries after paramedics cut her free from the wreckage, near Mullingar in Co Westmeath.

Police were called to the scene on Ballymahon Road, outside Mullingar at around 4pm.

She was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital where she died from her injuries.


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