Gales cause damage across Scotland

Storms have damaged property and caused power cuts across Scotland.

Shetland and Orkney experienced 100mph hurricane-force winds and speeds of up to 70mph were recorded in Glasgow.

About 3,000 properties on the Western Isles and 3,000 homes across the mainland remain without power following the storm.

The Met Office has warned of heavy rain and gales spreading from the southwest. Up to 30mm of snow has also been forecast for the Highlands and Argyll.

Sepa has 19 flood watches in force, with heavy rainfall expected in Dumfries and Galloway, Stirlingshire, Perthshire, the Highlands and Argyll.

BBC Scotland Weatherman Stav Danaos said parts of the country could see 40mm-50mm (2in) of rain, which could lead to localised flooding.

Rivers in Argyll, Highlands, Tayside, Fife, Lothian, Shetland and the Moray coast were among those being monitored.

The forecaster added that snow would affect the north and winds were predicted to reach 40-50mph later, before easing overnight.

On Friday morning, a North Sea oil installation with 114 people on board was shut down after partially breaking loose of its anchorage in rough seas, 175 miles north east of Aberdeen.

Earlier, a lifeboat crew and coastguards went to the aid of a fishing boat with six crew onboard that broke its moorings in force 12 winds in Scalloway, on Shetland.

The alarm was raised at 0213 GMT and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that on the third attempt a line was attached to its stern so it could be towed to safety.

Forty people had to be evacuated from a block of flats in St Michael's Street, Dumfries, on Thursday evening after its roof was blown off.

Police said no-one was hurt in the incident, although householders were forced to spend the night in temporary accommodation or with friends and relatives.

Image caption Snow has been falling in the Highlands, including on the A9 near Inverness

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said: "We are extremely fortunate that no-one was injured either from inside the building itself or any nearby passing pedestrians and motorists.

"Swift and professional work by police, fire and ambulance staff ensured everyone concerned was extracted and moved to a place of safety in a timely manner."

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue had to deal with nearly 30 calls, after reports of structural damage.

And South Ayrshire's Monkton Primary School has closed for the day following some structural damage.

Seventeen schools on the Western Isles have not opened because of power cuts affecting the islands.

Fallen trees closed many minor roads in the Highlands, Moray, and parts of Lothian and the Borders.

The Met Office said its wind speed calculator in the Cairngorms recorded 115mph, before the system was put out of action because of the strength of the wind.

Wind speeds of 140mph have been recorded by the CairnGorm Mountain ski resort at the top station tunnel for the Cairngorms funicular railway.

Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend has been closed because of damage caused by high winds.

A Midlothian Council spokesperson said it was too early to give details of the damage or say how long the centre would remain closed.

The BBC's 23 Degrees team has been blogging on the storm, describing what has caused it and monitoring its progress.

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