Met Office warnings for heavy rain and flooding as police advise ‘do not travel’

Heavy rain will continue to batter parts of the UK today with motorists being urged not to travel.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning covering the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway with 40 to 50mm of rain forecast to fall from 3am in the early hours of this morning to 12pm today (Friday, December 30).

Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is likely, as a consequence, which could also cause danger to life, reports The Mirror.

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Delays or cancellations to train and bus services is another likely ramification from the downpours, with Police Scotland declaring that there will be a high risk of disruption.

The Scottish Government have confirmed that the Multi-Agency Response Team will monitor conditions throughout the amber warning period.

Superintendent Stewart Mackie, of Police Scotland's Road Policing Division, said: "An amber weather warning has been issued for heavy rainfall and flooding across southern Scotland, and people should consider delaying any travel plans until conditions improve.

"If your journey is essential, please plan ahead by making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies in your vehicle, a charged mobile telephone and always drive as the conditions allow.

"Be aware road closures and travel delays are likely, with potential disruption to public transport services."

The Met Office said the deadly bomb cyclone that sent temperatures plunging in the US is now causing wet and windy weather in the UK.

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The forecaster has updated its yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Scotland, with it now expiring at 2pm rather than 6pm today.

A yellow warning of snow and ice covers northern Scotland, apart from Orkney and Shetland, until 9pm on Friday.

The Scottish Government said the Transport Scotland Resilience Room will be activated at the National Control Centre to monitor impacts.

Scottish transport minister Jenny Gilruth said: "The Met Office is warning us to expect a period of difficult weather in parts of southern Scotland on Friday, with heavy rain likely to impact travel in the amber warning area.

"The conditions could potentially bring disruption to the transport network, so it's important people plan their journeys before they set off – particularly if they're looking to use the trunk roads or travel by rail."

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