Edinburgh, Jan 4 (IANS) High winds and heavy rain have been battering Scotland, with dozens of flood warnings in place across the country, the media reported on Monday.

The Met Office has issued “be prepared” amber warnings for Moray, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire and Stirlingshire, BBC reported.

Many roads have been closed in Tayside with rising water across the region.

The historic Abergeldie Castle in Aberdeenshire has been left on the brink of collapse into a swollen river after intense flooding. The castle’s owners were forced to evacuate the 16th century A-listed tower house on Sunday, after the River Dee swept away about 60ft (18m) of land behind the property, leaving it only a few feet from the water.

A further yellow warning for rain has been issued for Tuesday affecting Moray, Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Fife. The rain will also fall as snow at times above about 350m.

The Met Office warned of “ongoing disruption” from surface water flooding and some river flooding as well.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued about 30 flood warnings.

Sepa has now added the Scottish Borders to its list of alerts, where flooding is possible, bringing the number of alerts to four.