Moray and north-east braced for heavy rain and flooding as Storm Aileen batters UK

Residents have been warned to expect heavy rain and flooding in areas across Moray and the north-east.

The caution comes as Storm Aileen, the first named storm of the year, sweeps across the UK this morning.

The Met Office have issued a yellow “be aware” warning with heavy rainfall expected throughout the early part of today.

The authority said spray and flooding on roads may make journey times longer, while flooding of homes and businesses is possible.

Areas including Elgin, Buckie, Banff, Turiff, Keith and Huntly are all expected to be affected and residents have been asked to be aware.

Police Scotland have advised motorists to allow for extra journey time and be cautious of standing water and localised flash flooding.

A spokesman for the force said: “We would like to make motorists aware of hazards associated with the ongoing adverse weather conditions.

“Areas affected are the A98 Fochabers to Buckie road, Mosstodloch to Kingston road and in the area of Garmouth golf club.”

Areas of southern Scotland are also understood to be affected this morning with reports of flooding in Jedburgh.

Transport links throughout Scotland are bracing themselves for difficult conditions although no major disruptions have yet been reported.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Heavy rain and very strong winds have been forecast to affect parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

“Railway lines in areas affected by the worst weather may suffer disruption caused by falling trees and large branches, power cuts and debris being blown on to the track.”

Meanwhile, commuters in the rest of the UK have faced a morning of chaos on the roads with thousands of home owners also being left without.

Highways England has urged drivers to take extra care on their journeys to work, warning that people should delay travelling if the weather becomes too severe.

A spokesman said caravans, lorries and motorbikes are all at risk of being blown over.

The Met Office have confirmed there is no link between adverse weather conditions experienced in the UK and the systems battering the Caribbean and the US.

Chief forecaster Frank Saunders said: “The low-pressure system that is bringing these strong winds will move fairly swiftly from west to east over the UK and although there will be some disruption through Wednesday morning, the winds will ease by the afternoon leaving a day of blustery showers.”