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Woman seriously injured in Edinburgh as storm hits

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Image caption Many roads were closed by fallen trees

A woman has been seriously injured by a slate dislodged from the roof of a building in Edinburgh.

The incident, which took place in Dalry Road at about 10:00, is thought to be the most serious in Scotland associated with Storm Hector.

The woman, who is in her 40s, is being treated in hospital and is thought to be in a critical condition.

Travel disruption has affected much of Scotland as Storm Hector swept across the country.

Image caption A woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a falling slate on Dalry Road

The Met Office issued a yellow "be aware" warning, with wind gusts of up to 70mph expected in some areas.

Some ferry services were cancelled, roads have been blocked and trains have been hit by problems with overhead lines and fallen trees.

The Tay Road Bridge has re-opened to cars after being shut to all vehicles in the early afternoon.

ScotRail said services between Inverness and Wick were briefly disrupted after a trampoline was blown on to the line at Helmsdale in Sutherland.

Safety concerns

The A9 Dornoch Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles, while the Forth Road Bridge was shut to double-decker buses, as well as pedestrians and cyclists.

The Catholic Church cancelled the National Schools Mass because of health and safety concerns.

Children from across the country had been expected to travel to Falkirk Stadium for the event, but a message issued through the Archdiocese of Glasgow asked school groups already on their way to turn back.

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Media captionStorm Hector: Lucky escape for driver hit by falling tree
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Image caption The wind took its toll on caravans beside Loch Lomond
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Image caption This tree came down on Glasgow's Great Western Road, resulting in part of the road being closed
Image caption Many ferry services have been disrupted, although the vehicle service from Gourock to Cowal was sailing

Part of the A1 road was closed after a lorry overturned at Tyne Bridge.

The A912 Falkland to Strathmiglo road was also closed because of a fallen tree, as was part of Great Western Road in Glasgow between Queen Margaret Drive and Hamilton Park Avenue.

Police in Dumfries and Galloway said a number of trees had also been blown down in the region.

Police Scotland advised people to make sure any loose garden furniture is secure to prevent it from being blown into roads or damaging property.

On the trains, there were a number of problems with overhead lines, including issues at Partick and Dalreoch. Train services between Partick and Dumbarton Central were suspended.

Ferry cancellations

High winds have also affected the line between Garrowhill and Drumgelloch, disrupting Helensburgh to Balloch services, as well as Edinburgh to Milngavie services via Airdrie. Some buses were being provided.

Glasgow Queen St to Oban services were disrupted by a tree blocking the line at Dalmally.

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Image caption A lorry was blown over on the A1 road at Tyne Bridge
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Image caption This tree came down near the Haugh of Urr in Dumfries and Galloway

The weather has also affected trains through Saltcoats. High winds were causing sea water to come over the sea wall, striking the overhead line equipment. This meant Largs and Ardossan Harbour trains could not operate.

ScotRail said "chainsaw gangs" and overhead line teams had been deployed across the rail network to remove fallen trees and branches.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne said gusts of 70mph had been forecast in some exposed west coast locations.

The South Uist service from Mallaig to Lochboisdale was cancelled for the day and there were no services to Tiree.

There were also cancellations on the Skye crossing, the Gigha service and the Ardrossan to Brodick sailings to Arran.

Other services affected include Northlink's afternoon sailings to and from Scrabster and Stromness.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf tweeted: "As predicted a fair bit of travel disruption due to high winds as Storm Hector makes his presence felt - particularly on ferries & rail."

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