Severe weather in store for Scotland

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SEVERE weather warnings surround Carrick to the north and south as both central and southwest Scotland are on flood alert.

The Met Office has issued amber flood alerts for Dumfries and Galloway and West Central Scotland, encompassing the area between Glasgow and Kilmarnock, including some parts of the M77.

They are two of seven flood alerts currently in operation, which collectively cover most of southern and central Scotland.

Meanwhile Strathclyde is also under a yellow rain warning in anticipation of the bouts of heavy rain and gales moving north.

Weather experts warn of prolonged periods of heavy rain likely to occur across parts of northeast England and southeast Scotland between mid afternoon today and the early hours of Tuesday morning, while winds are expected to increase to gale force - particularly over high ground.

They say both the heavy rain and very strong winds have the potential to cause localised disruption, although there remains a large amount of uncertainty at present in the detail of where the heaviest rainfall is likely to fall.

The public are advised to make themselves aware of the potential for disruption and keep up to date with warnings and forecasts, and to be prepared for an increased risk of surface water and river flooding.

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