Severe gales cause major destruction to the town
VIOLENT winds of up to 100 mph left a trail of destruction across the town yesterday (Tuesday).
Powerful gusts brought down trees and roofs were torn off buildings in East Kilbride and Strathaven as severe gales battered most parts of Scotland.
The Met Office issued a red alert for high winds which dropped to amber later in the day.
Commuters across the country were advised by Strathclyde Police not to travel unless completely necessary.
Lidl supermarket, on Eaglesham Road, was closed after metal roof sheeting blew off at around 8.50am.
A spokeswoman said the store would reopen as soon as emergency repairs were complete and the winds died down.
Flats on Murray Hill were hammered by shards of timber and debris from the roof of nearby lockups which smashed windows at 7am.
A brick wall was also blown down in Carnegie Hill, The Murray.
A garage roof also came off in Alberta Place in Westwood.
There were traffic disruptions on the Kingsway when a tree fell across the road around 9am.
Fallen trees were also reported on Newhousemill Road in St Leonards, West Mains Road, near to East Kilbride railway station, and Glassford Road and Muirkirk Road in Strathaven.
Police said there were no road closures but confirmed South Lanarkshire Council and road maintenance body Amey attended several ongoing incidents of storm damage across the district.
A South Lanarkshire Council spokesman said council teams had been battling the elements since the early hours but that there were no problems and no incidents of major concern in the area.
A spokesman said: “Trees have come down in East Kilbride and Strathaven. Workers are clearing A roads first then they will tackle the minor roads.”
Residents in Lindsayfield suffered a power cut from 7.30am and Scottish Power engineers were working into the evening to restore services.
There was also major disruption to flights from the major airports as well on rail and bus routes.
All rail services between East Kilbride and Glasgow Central were suspended.
Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown urged members of the public to heed warnings from emergency services and stay off the roads.
28-year-old Alison Kennedy and fiance Al Walker, of East Mains, were left devastated when their flight to Portugal from Glasgow Airport was cancelled around 5am.
Alison told the News: “I'm completely distraught that the weather affected our plans to go away and celebrate our ten-year anniversary and recent engagement.
“While it cannot be helped, better warnings would have resulted in us booking our holiday for another day – we only booked it on Hogmanay!”
Torrential rain cleared from most areas yesterday evening.