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Parts of Scotland hit by more heavy rain following Storm Callum

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Waves crashing onto the railway track at Saltcoats

More heavy rain fell in parts of Scotland on Saturday, leading to warnings that flooding was imminent in some areas.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has now removed all of its flood warnings and alerts.

The Met Office’s yellow warnings of rain are also no longer in place.

Storm Callum hit Scotland on Friday, causing disruption to road, rail and ferry travel which continued into Saturday.

Severe weather affected services between Preston and Scotland and strong winds saw speed restrictions imposed on many routes – with reduced Virgin services between London Euston, Birmingham New Street, and Edinburgh and Glasgow, Network Rail said.

SP Energy Networks issued advice on power cuts and forecasters said transport disruption was likely.

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New debris landed on the A83 on Friday morning

As a result of fresh landslips on Friday, the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful and Old Military Road will remain closed for the weekend following a landslip earlier in the week.

Heavy rain and strong winds brought 300 tonnes of debris from the hillside on to the A83 in Argyll and Bute on Friday as operators tried to clear landslips from earlier in the week.

About 230mm (9in) of rainfall is estimated to have fallen in the area since midnight on Sunday 7 October.

The closure has led to a diversion of almost 60 miles.

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Media captionA waterfall in Skye was blown backwards during Storm Callum

Eddie Ross, Bear Scotland’s north west manager, said: “Storm Callum is continuing to bring more heavy rain to the area, limiting visibility and making conditions difficult for the teams to progress repairs and the clear-up of yesterday’s additional landslides.

“Despite this, teams are working exceptionally hard to do all they can to make the area safe, however until then the road and Old Military Road local diversion has to remain closed for safety reasons.

“We’re aware of the impact this is having on the busy weekend and holiday traffic and we’re doing all we can to help ensure the diversion route via the A85 at Dalmally keeps moving by having further safety patrols on the route to help any motorists as required.”

He added: “As ever, we thank the local community and road users for their patience and assure them we’re doing everything we can to address the multiple landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful as quickly and safely as we can.

“We remind road users that Argyll remains open for business, and rest assured we’re doing everything possible to get the Old Military Road open as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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