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Last Updated: Friday, 7 January, 2005, 19:49 GMT
Rain and winds causing problems
High waters
Heavy rains have been swelling many of Scotland's rivers
Strong winds and rain have been causing disruption on some of Scotland's roads, with a warning of more severe weather to come.

Some key routes were affected on Friday, including the A82 Inverness to Fort William road which has now re-opened.

There was also disruption on the A1 after sagging power lines closed the route for several hours.

Forecasters expect more bad weather and storm force winds at the weekend.

On Friday, motorists were advised to take care due to blustery showers with gusts of up to 60 mph in some areas.

The A87 Invermoriston to Skye road was closed near Bun Loyne and the A1 in Edinburgh was closed on Friday afternoon at the Newcraighall roundabout after power lines began to sag towards the road.

Flood warnings

A spokesman for Scottish Power said engineers had finished work on the lines and the A1 has been re-opened.

Landslide scene
A number of roads in the north were badly hit
Central Scotland Police said workers were clearing debris from the Callander to Killin road.

The road suffered a landslide last summer and police on Friday evening said the route was closed north of Callander.

Some other roads in Stirling were also affected by flooding.

Only cars, except those with roof boxes and trailers, were being allowed to use the Forth and the Tay Road Bridges.

Network Rail said the line between Inverness and Perth was closed due to flooding between Kingussie and Aviemore and at Dalguise north of Dunkeld.

Passengers were being taken by bus between Perth and Inverness.

Flooded road
Some roads have been affected by flooding
At 1025 GMT on Friday, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) had issued nine severe flood warnings.

One was issued for the Inverness and Moray Firth area and eight for the Forth Valley, Tayside and Angus areas.

There were also 15 flood warnings in force - 10 in the north west Highlands and Islands, three in the Inverness and Moray Firth area and two in the Forth Valley, Tayside and Angus areas.

The agency said up-to-date information can be accessed by logging on to its website.

The Met Office warned of poor weather on Friday evening and Saturday, with heavy rain sweeping the north and snow on the hills.

It said the winds will become severe to gale force in southern and central Scotland on Saturday morning, reaching storm force in parts.



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