High winds cause havoc – and forecasters say there’s more to come

A brief sunny interval on Saturday,  but more storms have been forecast.
A brief sunny interval on Saturday, but more storms have been forecast.

With the Clyde coast being battered by hailstorms this afternoon (Saturday), a flood alert is still in place for Argyll and Bute.

And with weather forecasters warning of more heavy rain and high winds to come, commuters face more disruption.

There wereno trains from Helensburgh or on the West Highland line since Thursday night, and Scotrail did not restore the service until 6pm on Saturday.

The Gourock to Kilcreggan ferry has managed only occasional sailings over the last two days, while fallen trees affected both the A82 and B833 on Friday morning.

Scotrail say that because of a landslip there will be no trains on the West Highland line to Oban or Fort William until Monday at the earliest, and the line between Helensburgh Central and Dumbarton is currently being inspected for damage.

Luss Primary was one of several to be closed by Argyll and Bute Council because of no power, and many houses in the Kilcreggan area were without electricity for several hours on Friday morning.

SEPA are warning of large waves and a tidal surge along the west coast of Scotland, with the risk of coastal flooding until the early part of next week.

And the Met Office has issued yellow warnings of rain until 7am on Monday and wind until 6pm that day.Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 15.13.09

The chief forecaster’s assessment states: “An active frontal system will bring an area of rain and hill snow eastwards across Scotland during Sunday, followed by further persistent heavy rain for areas exposed to the west during Sunday night, where 25-50mm of rain is expected to fall (much smaller amounts to the east of high ground).

“The combination of further heavy rainfall and also melting of lying snow over the hills will increase the risk of localised flooding as rivers respond during Monday.

“Conditions look conducive for another rapidly deepening area of low pressure to run quickly east-northeast to the north of the UK during Monday.

“There remains some uncertainty on the exact track of this developing low pressure system, and therefore the areas at greatest risk of disruptive winds. Therefore, this warning will be reviewed again on Sunday for both coverage and likely impacts.”