GALE force winds are set to batter the Borders from tonight, as Storm Gareth hits the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for this evening and tomorrow.

Chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen, said: “The strong north-westerly winds will affect southwest Scotland late on Tuesday, spreading across much of England and Wales through Wednesday.

"Gusts of 50-55 mph are likely inland.

"Winds will gradually ease during the afternoon."

A warning has also been issued from Transport Scotland.

Stein Connelly said: "The high winds forecast for the west Scotland could lead to some travel disruption, with potential for bridge restrictions in the affected areas and spray on coastal routes.

"Travellers should check the latest information before they set off, drive to the conditions and follow police travel advice. 

"The Traffic Scotland mobile website allows you to get information on the move and the Traffic Scotland twitter page is updated regularly.

"The windy conditions are also likely to lead to disruption on other modes of transport, so we urge those planning to travel on trains, ferries and flights to check with their operators to see if their services are affected."