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Met Office issues amber rain warning for parts of Scotland

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Image caption The amber warning covers a band across Scotland throughout Thursday and Friday

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" warning of heavy rainfall affecting many parts of Scotland throughout Thursday and Friday.

It was expected to be most persistent in south west Scotland and the southern Highlands from Argyll to Angus.

The alert also covers parts of Central, Tayside, Fife, Strathclyde and Grampian.

The Met Office said the public should be prepared for localised flooding and potential transport disruption.

The rain is expected to gradually clear from the west later on Friday.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "The heavy rain may lead to some disruption on local roads and to ferry services over the next couple of days, especially at peak times.

"With the conditions we can also expect to see flooding in some areas and road users should be prepared before they set off on their journeys.

"While we will do everything we can to mitigate the impacts of the conditions, people travelling should be prepared and plan their journeys accordingly."

Ch Insp Louise Blakelock of Police Scotland said road policing crews would be patrolling trunk roads and other priority routes to keep people safe.

"Please follow our advice to travel with extra caution," she added.

Police in Dumfries and Galloway have advised drivers to take extra care.

They said the largest rainfalls were expected on the south facing hills of the region.

Meanwhile, the Old Military Road A83 diversion will remain in place in Argyll and Bute after last week's landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful.

The A83 was shut after 800 tonnes of material tumbled on to the road, while a further 1,000 tonnes of debris was caught in netting.

Council bosses said the diversion would be in place until at least 14:00 on Friday amid the warning of heavy rain in the area, with geotechnical engineers continuing to monitor the slope for movement.

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