VERY strong winds containing gusts between 55-65mph and heavy rain have been forecast for the Scottish Borders by the Met Office.

Two yellow 'Be aware' weather warnings have been issued by the forecaster, the first with predictions that the winds may reach up to 75mph in exposed places.

The warning for strong winds starts at 8pm on Tuesday night (September 12), and lasts until 10am on Wednesday morning (September 13).

The wind could bring a chance of power cuts, damage to trees and perhaps buildings.

The second warning, for heavy rain, starts at 4pm on Tuesday afternoon, and is in place until 6am on Wednesday morning.

Between 30 to 40mm of rain is expected to fall within six to nine hours, bringing the likelihood of flooding to some sections of road and properties.

The Met Office said: "The strongest winds are expected to arrive in the west of the region later on Tuesday evening and move eastwards overnight.

"There is some uncertainty in peak wind strengths and how quickly winds will ease on Wednesday morning.

"Heavy rain will be an additional hazard, especially in the north of the warning area, resulting in especially difficult driving conditions."