HELENSBURGH commuters have been warned to be prepared for possible disruption to train services as Scotland braces itself for strong winds, high tides and heavy rain on Monday.

Network Rail says it will "very closely" monitor high tides at Craigendoran and elsewhere as Storm Brendan approaches western parts of the UK.

The Met Office has a yellow 'be aware' warning in place from 10am until midnight on January 13.

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Though the warning does not specifically extend as far as Helensburgh, the forecaster is predicting "strong to gale force southerly winds" in the Strathclyde area, with severe gales expected along the west coast during Monday afternoon.

In addition, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has a 'flood alert' in place for the entire Scottish coast.

Network Rail announced via Twitter on Sunday that its staff had held an "extreme weather teleconference" to discuss preparations across the country, and added: "We’ll monitor high tides at Saltcoats (1319) and Craigendoran (1344) very closely.

"In our Control Room, we’ll use telemetry on our structures to monitor wind speeds and river levels too.

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"If you live near the railway, we ask that you help us by securing loose garden furniture, trampolines or sheds to prevent them from blocking tracks or damaging overhead lines."

SEPA said in a statement: "Combined with naturally high tides, the sustained winds will create an unusual and dangerous combination of tide, storm surge and inshore waves. There is therefore a risk of coastal flooding to all Scotland’s coastal areas.

"The highest risk is around high tides from midday Monday through to Tuesday afternoon.

"There is a flooding risk to coastal road and rail routes and coastal communities right around Scotland’s coastline."

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