Power cuts and storm damage after winds batter Scotland

Emergency services tend to a car  trapped by a fallen tree near Dunblane Fallen trees and power lines caused disruption on the road and rail networks

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Engineers are continuing work to restore power to homes and businesses still without electricity after storms battered Scotland on Monday.

Scottish Hydro said about 3,000 customers remained without electricity, while Scottish Power said only 77 customers remained to be reconnected.

The worst affected areas were Callander, Crieff, Dunblane and Dunoon.

The companies said they expected to have supplies restored shortly.

A temporary rest centre for residents in the Crieff area was set up by Perth and Kinross Council.

The evening facility at Strathearn Community Campus offered hot drinks, refreshments and shower facilities.

Most of the damage to power lines was caused by trees or branches falling after the winds reached speeds of 100mph on Monday.

The winds eased by the following day, but there was still some disruption on the road and rail networks.

The River Clyde burst its banks under the George V Bridge The River Clyde burst its banks under the George V Bridge in Glasgow as storms battered the country

A lorry driver had to be cut free from his vehicle after it overturned on Harris in the Western Isles.

It happened on the A859 shortly after midday on Tuesday. The driver was flown by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital where his condition was understood to be serious but stable.

One man died on Monday when a tree fell and crushed his car in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire.

Pupils and parents were among those caught up in the disruption caused by high winds during Monday's rush hour.

In Markinch in Fife a falling tree smashed the window of a school bus after it stopped to avoid another branch already blocking the road. No pupils were hurt but a passer-by who came to help suffered head injuries.

In Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, a tree came down as school buses and parents picked up pupils from Our Lady's High School.

Tree on car outside Our Lady's High School in Motherwell (Pic from Gary O'Rorke) A tree came down as parents collected children from a school in Motherwell

Gary O'Rorke, who's car was struck as he collected his 13-year-old daughter, said: "There was an almighty crash. The force was incredible and the back of my car was squashed like an empty can of cola.

"We were very, very lucky, as were the family in a car behind whose car was also smashed."

Some schools and nurseries across the country remained closed on Tuesday due to storm damage.

East Lothian Council said that East Linton Primary nursery classes would remain closed due to storm damage.

The Scottish government's resilience committee was set up to monitor the weather situation, as well as the progress of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said there had been a remarkable effort by workers across the transport and energy sectors to restore transport networks and energy supplies.

A Scotrail spokesman said the rail network had experienced disruption due to severe winds damaging overhead power lines and depositing debris on the tracks.

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