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Rain warning cancelled for Dumfries and Galloway

The overnight force of Storm Gertrude has had little impact across Dumfries and Galloway.

The Met Office have cancelled the Yellow warning (be aware) for rain that was issued yesterday.

River levels across the region peaked overnight but have since dropped and remain at a safe and steady level.

Warnings for 70mph winds are still in place until this evening and commuters should drive accordingly to the weather.

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Train passengers advised to 'check before you travel'

Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has advised train passengers to check before they travel as the Border region braces for the arrival of Storm Gertrude.

Forecasters are predicting winds to strengthen and rain to move in this evening, with up to 70mph winds. The severe weather is predicted to continue throughout the weekend and into early next week.

Cautionary speed restrictions of 50mph will be in place on Friday morning on the West Coast main line between Tebay and Oxenholme. Restrictions will also be in place between Settle and Carlisle.

We are drafting in additional teams in preparation for Storm Gertrude’s arrival and our advice to passengers is to check before you travel, using nationalrail.co.uk. With a lot of rain falling on already saturated ground, there is the potential for localised flooding which may cause disruption for passengers."

– Network Rail spokesperson

Weather: STORM GERTRUDE is on the way

Weather warnings are in force as our latest storm looms.

Storm Gertrude will over in overnight bringing some heavy rain and VERY strong winds

Credit: Met Office

An AMBER warning is in force for the strong winds:

West to southwesterly gales are expected to develop widely across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England early on Friday.

Winds are expected to widely gust 60-70 mph, possibly up to 80 mph along exposed coasts and over hills.

– Met Office

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