HEAVY rain and strong winds are on the way as a double weather warning is issued for Inverclyde.

The Met Office yellow alerts kicked in early this morning.

Gusts are expected to reach around 45mph and some disruption to ferry and rail services is a possibility.

CalMac has warned passengers in advance that the Gourock to Dunoon and Wemyss Bay to Rothesay crossings are both 'subject to disruption or cancellation at short notice'.

The wind, which should die down somewhat later today, will be accompanied by heavy rain which is expected to last all day and deep into the evening.

Already some local roads are experiencing localised flooding.

Forecasters have warned that the persistent downpour will continue for most of the day, but tomorrow should be calmer and drier.