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Flood alerts issued for Highlands and Western Isles as heavy rain forecasted

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Residents in the Highlands and islands are being warned of potential flooding as heavy rain is expected to hit the north of Scotland.

A band of heavy and persistent rain will arrive across western Scotland during Saturday evening, and continue through much of Sunday, the Met Office said.

Around 1-2in of rainfall is forecasted for much of the north, however, over the hills and mountains, peak totals of 4-5in are likely during this time. There will also be “strong southwesterly winds,” forecasters have warned.

“Although these are not expected to be overly impactful, they may make travelling conditions more challenging in places.”

Mark Franklin, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:“With yet another wet weekend forecast for much of Scotland, SEPA has issued ten regional flood alerts.

“Persistent, and occasionally heavy rain will bring a gradual build-up of surface water and rising river levels during Saturday evening and into Sunday across many parts of the North, West and Central Highlands.

“This is likely to result in localised flooding of land and roads, as well as some transport disruption.

“Parts of Argyll, Easter Ross and Lochaber could experience flooding affecting communities and disruption to infrastructure due to the heaviest rain – and people living, working and travelling in these areas are advised to ensure they have signed up to Floodline and are prepared to take action to protect property.

“Advice on what you can do to prepare can be found at

“North Ayrshire, the Central Highlands and the Ochils may also see impacts from rainfall, with localised flooding of known trouble spots likely.”

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