Overturned vehicles on the A1 as much of Scotland faces high winds
Two vehicles have overturned on the A1 as much of Scotland faces high winds.
The road has been closed between Edinburgh and the border to high-sided vehicles. All traffic is restricted between the Haddington Junction and Thistly Cross.
Drivers were told not to ignore police warnings on the route as gusts reached 68mph on the cross-border road.
A Met Office yellow “be aware” warning is in place for strong south westerly winds between 05:00 and 21:00.
Forecasters said they anticipated disruption, with wind speeds expected to reach 75mph in parts of Scotland.
As wind speeds increased, police extended restrictions on the A1.
The road was closed in two places in December after lorries were blown over during stormy conditions.
Just after noon on Tuesday, Traffic Scotland reported an overturned vehicle blocking the road between Thistly Cross and the Spot Roundabout.
Another vehicle partially blocked the road at Thorntonloch.
Gusts of 50-60mph were forecast for the west coast and eastern central and southern Scotland, and 70-75mph over exposed coastal and upland areas.
Ferry firms have warned of disruption to sailings and Network Rail Scotland said it was monitoring the weather.
Barra Airport reported a gust of 65 knots, and cancelled its first flight of the day to Glasgow. Stornoway Airport also cancelled two of its morning flights.
Winds over 50mph have forced the Forth Road Bridge to close to motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.
The Queensferry Crossing remains open to all motorway traffic, thanks to its wind shielding.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said it was prepared for any impact to its power supplies.
It said storm force winds and heavy rain could affect the Western Isles, north west Highlands and Argyll.
SSEN said its weather modelling suggested wind gusts of up to 80mph were possible in exposed western areas.
West coast ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has warned of potential disruption to its services.
Almost all CalMac’s 28 routes were affected by bad weather on Monday, and the company has warned customers of possible delays and cancellations on Tuesday.
All sailings on its Ullapool to Stornoway passenger service on Tuesday have been cancelled, and CalMac warned of possible disruption to the freight service on the same route.
Among other sailings cancelled were Ardmhor to Eriskay and the Oban, Coll and Tiree service.
Northlink Ferries said bad weather could affect its sailings between Aberdeen and Orkney and Shetland and across the Pentland Firth through to Thursday.
Network Rail Scotland said it was keeping a “close eye” on coastal areas like Saltcoats in Ayrshire where the railway line has been affected by a rough weather coming at the same time as a high tide.
The company said waves were hitting the Saltcoats sea wall on Tuesday morning but trains were still running normally.
The travel warnings follow high winds on Monday, which affected some CalMac services and closed Edinburgh Zoo.
Cairngorm Mountain snowsports centre said it had experienced “extremely high winds” and the site would be closed on Tuesday.
Another snowsports centre, Nevis Range near Fort William, was unable to operate its gondola system on Monday due to high winds.