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North-east beachfront closed off and flood gates installed on homes as Storm Brendan causes chaos across north and north-east

Storm Brendan has caused travel chaos across Scotland.

In the north of the country, 14 ferry routes have been cancelled, including services from Oban, Skye, Iona and Tiree.

Northlink Ferries also told passengers there will be disruption on services to Orkney and Shetland.

The Aberdeen to Lerwick sailing scheduled for 19:00 has also been cancelled.

And this morning, SEPA implemented an early morning flood warning for both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Flood barriers were installed at homes across Stonehaven today.

Sandbags have been made available to residents by Aberdeenshire Council at Stonehaven Leisure Centre and Cowie Lane.

This afternoon police cordoned off the beachfront in the north-east town, and were seen removing bins and moving cars away.

Gales of around 50-60mph are expected today, and could even reach slightly higher in exposed areas.

Today, a Sepa spokesman said: “The Met Office has forecast strong and sustained winds from Monday morning, January 13, through much of the week.

“Combined with naturally high tides next week, the sustained winds will create an unusual and dangerous combination of tide, storm surge and inshore waves.

“There is therefore a risk of coastal flooding to all Scotland’s coastal areas. The highest risk is around high tides from midday Monday through to Tuesday afternoon.

“There is a flooding risk to coastal road and rail routes and coastal communities right around Scotland’s coastline.”

As part of preparations for the storm, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the Western Isles council) closed all its schools to pupils this morning.

The Western Isles is expected to experience gusts of up to 80mph and a flood alert has been issued with officials admitting there is a risk of “significant coastal flooding” in some places.

The Met Office said people should expect:

Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, particularly for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges

Some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer

Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves

Some short-term loss of power and other services

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