STORM CIARA LASHES FIRTH OF CLYDE …

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By Democrat reporter

BBC Scotland is reporting that Storm Ciara has brought flooding, travel disruption and power cuts as it sweeps into Scotland.

The storm has already brought wind speeds in excess of 80mph, while heavy rain has led to multiple flood warnings being issued.

In Perth, three people were injured after part of a pub roof collapsed after being hit by a chimney breast.

Met Office warnings for strong winds and heavy rain remain in force for much of Sunday.

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has also issued multiple flood warnings for many parts.

TRAINS to and from Helensburgh will remain suspended until Monday due to the effects of Storm Ciara.

ScotRail announced at around 6pm on Saturday that it was unable to operate trains on the Helensburgh Central route due to high winds and large waves at Craigendoran interfering with the power supply.

By 10pm the train operator was warning passengers that the disruption was expected to continue until at least the end of service on Sunday.

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Trains on the Helensburgh-Edinburgh route are not calling at any stations west of Dumbarton Central, with a replacement bus shuttle running between East Princes Street in Helensburgh, outside Helensburgh Central station, and Station Road in Dumbarton.

ScotRail has also decided to cancel all trains on the West Highland route, via Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead and Arrochar and Tarbet, because of the bad weather.

No trains will run between Glasgow Queen Street and Oban, Fort William or Mallaig until at least mid-morning on Monday.

In Hawick, a guest house suffered serious damage after the River Teviot washed away the building’s foundations. Police said no-one was injured in the incident and a cordon had been place around the building.

Police in Dumfries said the River Nith burst its banks at Whitesands and flooded the surrounding road. They urged people to avoid the area in anticipation of high tide at 11:00.

Scottish Borders Council has also warned locals in Galashiels, Selkirk, Kelso and Jedburgh about the possibility of local rivers rising because of heavy rain.

The company said it had restored power to about 2,000 properties throughout Sunday morning after winds damaged overhead power lines.

SP Energy Networks said supplies were also affected by the storm in the south-west, with outages in Lockerbie, Newton Stewart and Kirkcudbright.

The fire service said three people were passed into the care of the ambulance service after a chimney breast fell onto a pub roof in St John’s Street in Perth.

Police said a cordon had been placed around the area until the damage could be assessed by experts.

In a Facebook post, staff at The Venue said: “Thankfully nobody has been seriously harmed but the business will be closed until we find out the extent of the damage caused to our building.”

Rail companies, including Scotrail, have urged passengers to check ahead before travelling and warned they will be operating reduced timetables and speed restrictions on Sunday.

Staff said the station remained open to passengers wishing to travel within Scotland, but those heading south were being asked to make other arrangements. The last cross-border services were due to leave Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Avanti West Coast, which runs rail services between London and Scotland, took the decision not to run trains north of Preston, as a result of the impact of Storm Ciara.

The line between Elgin and Keith is currently blocked. Network Rail said it was working to clear the route.

In Aberdeenshire, road users were being urged to be cautious after a number 61 bus was blown over on the Newburgh Road in severe gales.  The driver reported that he and all the passengers had escaped the incident unharmed.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for wind and rain. The wind warning will remain in force until midnight and covers the whole of Scotland. A yellow warning for rain covering the southern half of Scotland is also in force until midnight. An earlier amber warning for heavy rain for the south-west of the country lapsed at 10:00 on Sunday.

The weather has also resulted in Scotland women’s Six Nations match against England at Scotstoun being postponed. The game was due to kick off at 12:10 in Glasgow, but officials said a decision for player, spectator and staff safety had been taken to call off the match.  And finally, CalMac is warning passengers that its services remain liable to disruption due to the weather and are urging passengers to check ahead before travelling.

Ciara – it means The Derk One in Irish Gaelic – left her mark on Levengrove Park, damaging some of the trees up near Clydeshore Road. Pictures by Josephine Leahy


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