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VIDEO: Storm Francis set to blast Scotland with strong winds and heavy rain

Communities in the north and north-east have been warned the region could be hit by heavy showers and strong gales as another named storm arrives in the UK today.

Residents of Wales and England have been told to batten down the hatches as they are expected to bare the brunt Storm Francis.

Rainfall is nonetheless expected to be heaviest in Northern Ireland and south west Scotland where 60-90mm could fall as the storm moves from west to east.

And though the forecasts are not so furious for the north, heavy rainfall is expected in spells throughout much of the day.

Estimates suggest that around 50mm could fall in parts of Aberdeenshire as the worst of the winds hit the region’s highest areas points.

Gusts of 60mph and potentially 70mph are forecast for exposed western locations, while elsewhere they are expected to be highest in the Cairngorms.

The Met office noted that winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places, which could cause possible transport disruption and impact on outdoor activities.

SEPA, meanwhile, has issued a flood alert for much of the north-east.

A forecaster for the Met office said: “A yellow rain warning has been issued throughout the region and residents could see bouts of localised flooding and motorists can expect spray on the roads.

“The storm is likely to be at its worst in the region from the beginning of morning rush hour till the beginning of the afternoon.

“Areas in Scotland’s most northern mainland may miss the poor weather all together as the storm makes its way south throughout the day.”

It is thought the poor weather will have cleared up and moved on by the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Recent bad weather has had a catastrophic impact on parts of Scotland, causing a series of landslips on road and rail routes – the latter leading to a derailment and the loss of three lives in this month’s train crash near Stonehaven.

Efforts remain under way to repair and protect the A83 Rest and Be Thankful road.

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