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Storm Scotland: Rangers and Jags matches off, Edinburgh airport flights hit

The scheduled League One match between Rangers and Stenhousemuir has been postponed due to the current bad weather hitting Scotland this weekend.

Pic: Colin Templeton

Gale force winds have been forecast for parts of Scotland and the Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for for all parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the north  of Wales and north west England.

Gusts of 65mph have been recorded in South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, while Edinburgh and Glasgow have been buffeted by wind speeds of up to 47mph.

On higher ground, a gust of 102mph was registered on the Applecross peninsula in Wester Ross and speeds of 111mph recorded near Tomintoul in the Cairngorms National Park.

The strong winds closed Christmas attractions in the capital, including the Big Wheel in Princes Street Gardens.

Edinburgh Airport tweeted that they were "experiencing some disruption" due to the bad weather and advised passengers to check with their airlines if scheduled to fly.

Transport Scotland also issued traffic warnings for Scotland, saying that "the public should be aware that there could be disruption to travel and outdoor events."

Flood alerts - indicating that flooding is possible - are in place in coastal areas in the north and west of the country.

A number of ferry services on the west coast have been cancelled, while  the Forth Road Bridge and Skye bridges have been closed to high-sided vehicles.

High winds have also been affected driving conditions on the Friarton Bridge, near Perth, the Erskine Bridge and the Tay Road Bridge.

The A701, two miles north of St Anne's Bridge in Dumfries, has been blocked by a fallen tree.

Flooding and problems with overhead wires are affecting some ScotRail lines.

Power cables have been brought down in South Ayrshire between Minishant and Culroy.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued flood alerts for Argyll and Bute, Caithness and Sutherland, Orkney, Shetland, Wester Ross and the Western Isles.

Police Scotland have urged drivers to take care and reduce their speed on the roads during the poor weather.

The Rangers match was called off due to "weather-related flooding and structural damage", Stenhousemuir have confirmed.

Stenhousemuir said in a statement on their website: "Today's game against Rangers FC has been called off due to the gale force winds sweeping across the country accompanied by torrential rain.

"The tickets for todays game will remain valid for the re-arranged fixture which has yet to be scheduled."

A statement on Rangers' website added: "Discussions about a date for the rearranged game will occur between both clubs and the SPFL in due course."

Partick Thistle's SPL game against St Johnstone was also called off at half-time due to a waterlogged pitch at Firhill.

Referee Kevin Clancy called the match off after a goalless first half.

Partick confirmed the match had been abandoned on their official twitter feed.

The gales are expected to continue to affect the west coast tomorrow, with the severe weather warning remaining in place for the Highlands, Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and Strathclyde.

John Griffiths, forecaster for MeteoGroup,  said an area of low pressure was moving across northern parts of Scotland towards Iceland.

He said: "It's going to be pretty windy again tomorrow with rain moving in again in the afternoon into most areas.

"There will be quite severe gales in northern parts of Scotland and on the western coast throughout Sunday as the low pressure swings right past Scotland."

The severe weather comes in the wake of a storm that battered the country with winds of up to 142mph earlier this month.

A lorry driver died, thousands of homes were left without power and commuters faced major travel disruption on December 5.

The fire service said it responded to numerous calls about the weather, including fallen trees, flooded roads and loose roof slates.

Around 20 people were evacuated from Whitburn Junior Social Club in Whitburn, West Lothian, and an adjacent bungalow, after heavy tin roof sheeting blew off a nearby pavilion onto both buildings at about 12pm. No-one was hurt in the incident.

Flood warnings - indicating that flooding is expected - have been put in place for parts of Tayside along the rivers Earn and Lyon.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said heavy rain is expected to continue to fall until early Sunday morning and low-lying agricultural land in the area could be at risk.

Police Scotland said minor flooding and surface water was affecting roads in Lochaber, particularly in the Corpach area, as well as parts of the Kyle to Plockton road and the A835 Garve to Ullapool road near Inverlail in the Highlands.

Chief Inspector Graeme Murdoch, senior duty officer for Highland and Islands Division, said: "The weather that has affected wide areas of the Highlands and Islands during the course of the afternoon has caused some disruption to travel with cancellation of some ferry services and isolated areas of flooding on roads.

"Our information suggests that there are no significant power outages across the region although there may be isolated homes affected. We also appeal to people to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours and to inform the emergency services if anyone in the community requires particular help or assistance.

"Our main message is to think twice about unnecessary travel while these stormy weather conditions persist. Surface water and the risk of falling trees during the hours of darkness will create additional hazards for drivers."

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