Weather experts put Scottish Borders on amber alert

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GALE force winds and heavy rain have been lashing much of the Borders with warnings that more is on the way, writes Bob Burgess.

At noon the Met Office issued an amber weather warning, forecasting gusts reaching severe and up to 60mm of rain.

Rain – expected to be the equivalent of month’s fall in a single day – has led to fears of flooded rivers as well surface water causing problems on roads.

The flooding fear is exacerbated because it is falling on ground that is already saturated.

Met Office officials say the amber warning will remain in place until 6am on Tuesday.

Scottish Borders Council says the situation is being monitored and that the emergency control centre at Newtown St Boswells will be staffed overnight.

Council chief executive Tracy Logan commented: “Due to the predicted amount of rainfall, localised flooding is likely to affect roads.

“Gales of up 60 miles per hour are also expected which could result in trees and branches being blown. I urge everyone to take extreme care when travelling.”

Schools remained open today but the situation for tomorrow is being monitored.