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Flood alerts for north-east, Western Isles and southern Highlands as wet weather hits

People with umbrellas in Nottingham city centre, as heavy rain is lashing parts of the UK, with the Met Office issuing warnings not seen since March. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 3, 2020. Persistent downpours are expected to bring flooding and transport disruption, with more than 20 flood alerts in place. There are amber weather warnings for rain in Wales, the West Midlands, south-west England and also parts of eastern Scotland on Saturday. The Met Office said the last time amber warnings were issued for rain was in March, as forecasters warned of heavy rain across much of the country. The places worst hit so far include parts of Exmoor, with 84mm of rain recorded in 36 hours in Liscombe and 74.4mm recorded in Brendon Hill. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Flood alert has been issued for parts of the north-east and western coast today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, with heavy rain predicted and Sepa has issued flood alerts for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, the Western Isles, Skye and the southern Highlands.

The agency has advised rivers could burst their banks and that there may be an abundance of surface water, with urban areas and the roads particularly at risk.

Skye is not covered by the yellow weather warning from the Met Office, however, as it only extends as far north as Fort William.

From there, it covers the full western coast of Scotland down to the Solway Firth, and across to Fife in the east.

The meteorological service warns of difficult driving conditions in the area and the possibility of road closures.

The yellow warning came into effect at 3am this morning, and will continue until 9am tomorrow.

The flood alerts come two weeks after parts of the north-east were seriously affected by heavy rain during Storm Alex.

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