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Badenoch and Strathspey bracing itself for thunderstorms after Met Office issues fresh yellow warning centred on the Cairngorms


By Philip Murray

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The alert comes into force at 3pm on Wednesday and runs until midnight the same day. Picture: Met Office.
The alert comes into force at 3pm on Wednesday and runs until midnight the same day. Picture: Met Office.

THUNDERSTORMS could hit parts of Badenoch and Strathspey this afternoon and tonight, the Met Office has warned after issuing a fresh yellow warning centred on the Cairngorms.

Forecasters are warning of potential disruption caused by flash flooding or lightning strikes, with the yellow alert taking affect at 3pm and running up until midnight.

"Further thunderstorms may develop on Wednesday afternoon bringing the potential for disruption," said a spokesman.

"Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures. Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

"There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds."

They added that power cuts to homes and businesses could also be experienced.

The warning is centred on the Cairngorms but extends to just south of Inverness, westward to the Great Glen and as far south as the northern tip of Loch Lomond and Perth.

The warning comes after cloud bursts and severe lightning storms caused serious flash flooding in parts of the central belt overnight – with the A9 closed for a time south of Perth as a result of the deluge, and cars in a Kirkcaldy hospital car park being written off by severe flash flooding.

ScotRail's rail network was also badly affected, with services on the Highland mainline cancelled and some trains on the Aberdeen-Inverness line also affected.

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