RESIDENTS are urged to take care this weekend as an amber weather alert warning has been placed on Clackmannanshire.

The amber alert sees an area from Fort William to Perth and to Glasgow hit with heavy rain warnings issued by the Met Office.

The Met Office warn that heavy and slow-moving rain may bring a chance of flooding and severely disrupted travel.

Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Prolonged heavy rain is expected to cause widespread disruption for much of Scotland.

“While Saturday into Sunday will be widely very wet for Scotland, the heaviest, most disruptive, rain is expected in western and central Scotland.

“Within the amber warning area, 80-100mm of rain is likely quite widely, with as much as 150-180mm possible in some of the wettest spots.

“We’ll continue to review warnings to it’s important for everyone to stay up to date with the latest forecast for their area.”

Meanwhile, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has advised anyone within the amber alert area to plan ahead if they need to travel.

Ruth Ellis, flood duty manager for SEPA, said: “A major rainfall event is expected bringing significant prolonged heavy rain throughout Saturday over the southern highlands and western central belt, with more heavy rain in the north on Sunday.

“As a result, we’re likely to see extensive river and surface water flooding impacts across these areas.

“Danger to life, widespread property flooding, flooding of roads and disruption to infrastructure is possible.

“We would advise people living and working in the affected areas to consider any steps they need to take now to be prepared for flooding impacts and consider whether their journey is necessary.

“We would strongly advise people to sign up to Floodline to receive free updates for where they live, or travel through, directly to their phone.”

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