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Storm Brendan has been followed by wintry showers, flooding and more gales in parts of Scotland, causing further travel disruption.
The severe weather has led to problems across the country with trees brought down and ferry sailings cancelled.
A yellow wind warning covering the Highlands and Argyll and Bute has been issued.
Trains have been disrupted due to damaged overhead power lines on several sections of the railway in Ayrshire.
Commuters across the country may experience longer journey times.
The Met Office has predicted:
- Up to 6cm (2in) of snow could fall on higher ground
- Wind gusts could reach 60 to 70mph
- Further disruption likely, especially around coasts.
A separate 24-hour yellow warning of strong southwesterly winds has also been issued for Tuesday.
A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice which came into effect at 01:00 GMT has since been removed.
Services on 11 of Caledonian MacBrayne’s 28 ferry routes were cancelled for the day, with a further four routes being disrupted.
Northlink Ferries also told passengers there may be disruption on services to Orkney and Shetland.
All schools in the Uist and Barra area have been closed and all bus services there have been cancelled.
Moray College UHI in Elgin is closed to all staff and students due to storm damage. It will reopen on Wednesday following emergency repair work.
A road along a shore of Applecross Bay at the village of Applecross was damaged during the storm.
Highland Council said its staff would set up a temporary bypass to allow for repairs to be made to the road.
Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team was called out to assist an injured walker in the Ben Alder area but had difficulty locating the man and Tayside Mountain Rescue joined the search. The walker was eventually found with his friends in a bothy.
The rescue team later tweeted to criticise the walker and described their search for him as “a total abuse of our resources”.
The harbour at Fort William was swamped by floods on Monday evening.
The Crannog restaurant, which sits on the town’s pier, was one of the buildings most severely hit.
The wintry conditions are expected to cause icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
The snow and ice warning, which will remain in place until 13:00, covers Central Scotland, Tayside, Fife, Angus, Perth and Kinross, Grampian, Highlands and Argyll and Bute.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 24 flood warnings and 18 flood alerts.
Flooding is expected to affect several parts of Orkney as high tides combine with storm force winds.
The flood gates at Kirkwall Harbour are expected to remain closed for much of the day with the biggest risk of waves breaking over from about 11:00 until lunchtime.
Police Scotland’s local area commander Ch Insp Matt Webb said the forecast suggested flooding could be the worst to hit the Orkney area since 2005.
Sepa’s head of flood services Vincent Fitzsimmons told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme that Storm Brendan had brought some of the highest sea levels in 15 years in some places.
He added: “It’s an unusual and really dangerous combination of storm surge, naturally high tides and high inshore waves.
“The time of concern is really around high tide so for Oban, Fort William and the Western Isles that is to around 9am this morning.
“Then the risk shifts to the Orkneys mid to late morning and then that risk continues into Moray, Caithness, Aberdeenshire, Stonehaven and down as far as Montrose where the high tides are around early evening.”
The Met Office said: “Icy patches are likely to develop on Monday night and into Tuesday morning as blustery showers fall on cold surfaces, especially untreated roads and pavements.
“Snow showers will become confined northwest of the Great Glen by the end of the morning.”
Meanwhile, there are two yellow weather warnings in place in England and Wales for later on Tuesday. There is a warning of wind affecting most areas from 12:00 GMT until midnight, and for heavy rain, in London and south-east England from 13:00 until 9:00 on Wednesday.
Seven stray cats being cared for at an animal welfare centre have escaped after their enclosure was damaged by Storm Brendan’s high winds on Monday night.
The feral cats were being looked after at Munlochy Animal Aid’s shelter on the Black Isle in the Highlands.
Boxes to catch the cats have been set in the hope of returning them to the shelter.
In the Garthdee area of Aberdeen one resident thought a branch had blown down when he received a mobile phone alert, triggered by his home CCTV system, at about 16:30.
But when Greg Paluch returned from work he was shocked to discover a tree had fallen into his garden and landed just inches from his front door.
Mr Paluch, 35, said: “It could have been worse considering the height of the tree. But no-one was at home and no-one was hurt – that is the main thing.”
A large tree also fell at Maybole in South Ayrshire, partially blocking the A77.
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