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Snow, ice and more gales to follow Storm Brendan Snow, ice and more gales to follow Storm Brendan
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Storm Brendan is set to be followed by icy patches, wintry showers and more gales in parts of Scotland which could lead to further travel disruption.Storm Brendan is set to be followed by icy patches, wintry showers and more gales in parts of Scotland which could lead to further travel disruption.
High winds and flooding caused problems across the country on Monday with trees brought down and ferry sailings cancelled.High winds and flooding caused problems across the country on Monday with trees brought down and ferry sailings cancelled.
A fresh yellow warning of snow and ice came into effect at 01:00 GMT.A fresh yellow warning of snow and ice came into effect at 01:00 GMT.
Trains have been disrupted due to damaged overhead power lines on several sections of the railway in Ayrshire.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.Commuters across the country may experience longer journey times.
The Met Office has predicted:The Met Office has predicted:
A yellow wind warning covering the Highlands and Argyll and Bute has been issued.A yellow wind warning covering the Highlands and Argyll and Bute has been issued.
All schools in the Uist and Barra area have been closed and all bus services there have been cancelled.
Services on seven of Caledonian MacBrayne's 28 ferry routes have been cancelled for the day, with a further nine routes being disrupted.Services on seven of Caledonian MacBrayne's 28 ferry routes have been cancelled for the day, with a further nine routes being disrupted.
Northlink Ferries also told passengers there may be disruption on services to Orkney and Shetland.Northlink Ferries also told passengers there may be disruption on services to Orkney and Shetland.
A mountain rescue operation was carried out in the central Highlands in "very challenging conditions".A mountain rescue operation was carried out in the central Highlands in "very challenging conditions".
Schools closed
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.
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 later found with his friends in a bothy.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 later found with his friends in a bothy.
The harbour at Fort William was swamped by floods on Monday evening.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 Crannog restaurant, which sits on the town's pier, was one of the buildings most severely hit.
A separate 24-hour yellow warning of strong southwesterly winds has also been issued for Tuesday.A separate 24-hour yellow warning of strong southwesterly winds has also been issued for Tuesday.
The wintry conditions are expected to cause icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.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 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 27 flood warnings and 16 flood alerts.The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 27 flood warnings and 16 flood alerts.
Flooding is expected to affect several parts of Orkney as high tides combine with storm force winds.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.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.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.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.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."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.""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.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.""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.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.
On Monday, ferry routes covering much of the west coast of Scotland as well as the Northern Isles were cancelled or disrupted. Twelve 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.
Fallen trees
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.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.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."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.A large tree also fell at Maybole in South Ayrshire, partially blocking the A77.
Caledonian MacBrayne operations director Robert Morrison told BBC Scotland it was unusual for a storm to be large enough to affect the whole network, but that it was not unprecedented.
He said: "We are in the worst of winter weather conditions and will be probably for a few days more."
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