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Widespread gales cause disruption across Scotland

A lorry has overturned on the A1 in high winds
Image caption A lorry has overturned on the A1 in high winds

Winds gusting at up to 70mph have caused traffic disruption across Scotland.

The Dornoch bridge and the Tay Road Bridge were closed to high sided vehicles and high wind warnings were in place on the Skye, Clackmannanshire and Erskine bridges.

The Forth Road Bridge was closed to cyclists and pedestrians.

A number of ferries were cancelled, including CalMac services from Oban to Castlebay, Coll and Tiree.

Northlink Ferries also warned of some disruption and a number of cancellations to Pentland Firth sailings.

An overturned lorry forced the closure of the A1 northbound at the Thistly Cross roundabout in East Lothian. Emergency services managed to free the driver who was trapped inside the cab of the vehicle and had suffered minor injuries.

It was not known whether the accident was weather related.

The high winds also caused the flagpole at Edinburgh Castle to snap.

Strong winds were expected across all areas of the country, with gusts of 50-60mph likely to develop quite widely.

Frequent heavy showers could also affect parts of western and northern Scotland, the Met Office said.

The high winds peaked across western Scotland in the early hours and were expected to be at their strongest in the central belt during rush hour.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind, which will be in place for 24 hours from 00:00 on Monday.

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Image caption The wind warning is in place for all of Scotland

BBC Scotland weather forecaster Judith Ralston said: "It's the first proper autumnal low to push in from the Atlantic, bringing widespread gales across the country.

"It's not unusual for this time of year, but it'll be a very windy 24 hours.

"Expect travel disruption during the rush hour and there are likely to be restrictions on most of the bridges in the central belt."

Traffic Scotland said that delays to road, rail, air and ferry services were "likely".

Interruptions to power supplies were also possible, the agency said.

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