Schools in Scotland reopen after severe winds

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Many schools across Scotland have reopened after the country's worst storm in 10 years.

Gusts reached a top speed of 165mph - recorded at the Cairngorm Summit.

About 60,000 homes were left without power on Thursday night.

Every major bridge in Scotland was forced to close.

The gales knocked over trees and caused damage to buildings, shops and cars.

Several flights had to be cancelled and there was disruption to train and road travel.

A wind turbine in Ayrshire burst into flames because of the severe weather.

The Christmas decorations in Aberdeen were brought down early by the powerful winds.

Parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland were also hit by wind and rain.

Here's what some of you said about your experiences:

Your comments

"It was very scary as we live very close to the sea and it was extremely rough!"

Sally, 13, Scotland

"I would rather be in school - my mum said that I wasn't allowed to play outside in case I get blown away."

Sophie, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"The wind is so bad that I have also been off school. I am not bored though, I made cupcakes!"

Lona, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"In England, it was really windy. In fact, my coat blew away!"

Nishat, 9, London, England

"The wind was so strong in Oban in Scotland that when my grandparents went shopping they couldn't even move without being blown over. They were stuck there for an hour!"

Bonnie, 10, London, England

"It was pretty funny, the electricity went off in the middle of my exam and we had sandwiches and soup brought in from another school!"

Steven, 13, Scotland

"Our school was closed at 12 o'clock today as well and when I got home a bird got blown into my window! It couldn't move for about 10 seconds because of the force of the wind, but then it calmed for a bit and the bird managed to fly away."

Erin, 12, West Lothian, Scotland

"It is extremely windy here. My dad is a policeman and he is stuck trying to tell people that they can't go across the causeways. A local gave him a flask of coffee and homemade oatcakes with cheese!"

Alasdair, 13, Hebrides, Scotland

"All the schools in Edinburgh shut at 12pm today. We've got candles at the ready in case there is a power cut and the lights have been flickering now and then. When you go to the top floor of our house you can hear the wind and it's really powerful. It's a bit scary. We were listening to the news and it said that the Cairngorm mountains have gusts of up to 165mph!"

Ruth, Jacob and Orla, 12, 8 and 6, Edinburgh, Scotland

"The wind was so strong here that part of our school roof blew off! We got sent home because there was debris flying around. It was SCARY!"

Sammy, 13, Inverness, Scotland

"I've had a very windy walk home, even though I'm in the south of England. My coat almost blew off! We still had to go to school though. It was really wet!"

Nathan, 10, Northampton, England

"My washing was out and my favourite top blew away!"

Amber, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"It is very windy at the moment. Hopefully trees won't fall down. Our school was closed at 10 this morning. I thought this year it would have been snow and not wind!"

Rebecca, 12, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I was in school when it suddenly started to rain so hard. The wind was so fast that all you could see was white! It was a bit scary!"

Jennifer, 11, Scotland

"I'm in my house because I can't go outside and the wind is really scary! It looks like a giant hurricane!"

Emily, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"We've got the day off school, but can't go anywhere as the wind is so strong! I feel like my window is going to smash!"

Hanna, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I've got to go to school because the winds aren't as bad here but my big sister text my mum this morning saying that all the bins for their flat block are blowing open and rubbish is everywhere! It's a good job it's not paper collection day - that would be a disaster!"

Maya, 9, Leeds, England

"My school was shut down and I was very upset because it was my school panto in Glasgow today ."

Kenzi, 8, Glasgow, Scotland

"I got the day off but I'm not allowed to go out in case I get blown away. I'll be lucky if my shed is still standing!"

Kieran, 12, Scotland

"It's so windy here that our gate has blown off and was lying in the middle of the road. Our trampoline blew across the garden so we've tied it to a tree. I can see the sea from my house and it looks very rough!"

Tamzin, 11, Ayr, Scotland

"One of the music teachers at my school said it's the first time the school has been closed in over 30 years because of the wind."

Zoe, 14, Midlothian, Scotland

"I came home from school at 12pm. We were going to have a school play today but it's been cancelled because of the strong wind. I'm very sad, I had a main part!"

Heather, 11, Livingston, Scotland

"Our class had to stay in the computer room this morning as our classroom window had been blown off its hinges. One of our teachers had to go to get our bags. I'm still shaking!"

Anna, 11, Rosyth, Scotland

"I can hear the wind blowing loudly, when will this end? I nearly flew away; I felt like Peter Pan."

Harriet, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Our school was closed at 12pm and it was a real struggle to get home. Some bins had blown over and the wind was very strong."

Rebecca, 10, Falkirk, Scotland

"I have just come home from school, the wind was so strong that I was nearly blown over!"

Rebecca, 9, Renfrew, Scotland

"My Mum had to post a letter, and even though we had parked right next to the post box, as soon as I opened the car door everything blew out of the car! We can hear the wind blowing loudly down our chimney too. My Dad has just crossed the Forth Road Bridge and is now stuck as they have closed the bridge because of the bad weather!"

Abbie, 10, Dunfermline, Scotland

"My class and I have just watched Newsround together, we had to listen carefully as the wind is so powerful that it sounds like rumbling thunder! We all thought it was funny when we watched a bin bag flying past our classroom window. Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow."

Primary 5, St. Andrew's, Scotland

"It is getting very windy and the rain is pouring down. We are leaving at 12pm but we will have to be careful when going home or else we might end up in the River Forth!"

Primary 5, Dunbar, Scotland

"We are not in school today either. Our Christmas tree is outside but it is about to be blown away so we are going to put it up."

Daisy, 8, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

"School is shut here too. I've just been told that the wind broke my friend's window. The glass panes in my greenhouse are falling out and blowing over the wall too."

Beth, 14, Glasgow, Scotland

"My school is closed all day today! The wind here is really bad. I have the day off but I'm not allowed out of the house because it is dangerous... I'm very bored!"

Bethany, 13, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

"I'm waiting for the snow to come…"

Abbey, 13, Essex, England

"I'm off school for the second time this week. There was snow, now there is wind. I love you Mother Nature!"

Beth, 14, Glasgow, Scotland

"I am off school today because of the weather. I'm catching up on writing Christmas cards and making some crafts. I'm scared that a tree might fall on my house."

Heidi, 10, Inverclyde, Scotland

"All my neighbours' blue bins are getting knocked over due to the wind and rubbish is going all across the street. Just as well we are not in school, otherwise no one would be here to pick the bins up!"

Hannah, 14, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

"Our school is closing at lunchtime. We are in our classroom listening to the wind and finding out information about severe winds. We are going to be careful on our way home from school."

Primary 1, Cairneyhill Primary School, Fife, Scotland

"Lots of our class are off today because of the high winds. They will miss their spelling test!"

Primary 3, Canmore Primary School, Dunfermline, Scotland

"I just went into the village centre and everywhere is closed. My school is closed so I am at my friend's house. I guess there will be a power cut soon."

Ewan, 10, Inverclyde, Scotland

"The wind is so bad here that we are off school. My sister and I went out and while we were walking a tree branch tumbled right in front of us. The wind was so strong that it was hard to breathe!"

Erin, 10, Isle of Eigg, Scotland

"It is not very windy yet but it will become so strong in the afternoon that our school will be closing at 12pm! Some of us are really excited but others think they will be bored. We may not get any school lunch because it is too dangerous for the delivery vans to drive. We are all very curious as to where this wind has come from?"

Primary 6, Sighthill Primary School, Edinburgh, Scotland

"We are at school now but it is very, very windy outside. Our school will close at noon today and we will have to battle our way home to get a warm hot chocolate!"

Primary 5, 9, Edinburgh, Scotland

"At school today we were meant to have an 'own clothes day' and the P7's had set up games. I was just getting changed when I heard that school was closed because of the weather!"

James, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"My trampoline blew across our garden and my dad almost got blown away when trying to get it back. All the poles are bent now."

Kalya, 10, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"I'm in Glasgow in central Scotland, very windy, and I can't hear myself think from the sound! I suppose I am in the attic though. Anyway we get a day off school! I wonder why they didn't close them a couple of weeks ago, my little sister would have honestly fallen onto the road if my dad hadn't been holding her hand."

Katy, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"My school's off and all I'm going to do is lie in my bed with a hot water bottle, heating and hot chocolate, and cuddle my dog!"

Robbie, 13, East Kilbride, Scotland

"I'm coming home from lunchtime because of the winds."

Cameron, 11, Dunfermline, Scotland

"We were on our way to school when a gust of wind blew my little brother over. At playtime a skipping rope got caught in a tree when somebody let go. My hair was a mess when I got back inside!"

Daisy, 9, Selby, England