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By Fiona Reid
Updated: weather alert

AN amber weather warning will kick in for the region from 2 pm today with strong gales expected.

Storm Dudley is on the way with winds of up to 90 mph forecast – and it’s already getting breezy out..

The Met Office are predicting the conditions will last until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said they are “geared up to respond” and have care teams and road squads on standby.

And ScotRail is shutting down most of their train services from 4 pm today too.

Meanwhile, SEPA have issued a flood alert for Dumfries and Galloway for coastal flooding due to the combination of strong winds, storm surge and large waves. The greatest risk will be around high tides tonight at 11.45pm and everyone is advised to avoid travelling near coastal areas if possible.

It will be followed hot on the heels by Storm Eunice, coming in on Friday with more winds and sleet or snow.

A yellow warning is in place from 1 am that day until 9 pm at night.

Meanwhile, Forestry and Land Scotland is asking people across the south of Scotland to not venture into forests this weekend.

They are concerned about the potential for more significant damage in woodlands already affected by storms Arwen and Malik before Christmas.

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