Galloway comes off well as storms hit country

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Galloway avoided the worst of the country’s weather disruption yesterday (Friday) with no injuries recorded despite gusts of 80mph.

Although many roads were closed due to fallen trees, teams worked hard to clear the debris quickly and keep Galloway moving.

Twelve primary schools were closed due to power outages and thousands of homes were left powerless.

The Arctic storm hit late on Wednesday night with winds battering Dumfries and Galloway, keeping many awake throughout the night. Travel disruption was kept to a minimum unlike other parts of the country where rail services were stopped entirely.

Police called for motorists to stay at home rather than try to travel across the region, but as the gusts died down throughout mid-morning, a red alert was reduced to amber and order was restored.

However, there were reports of sheds, barns, stables and fences being destroyed and several signs falling off buildings.

Police in the west of Scotland dealt with 190 calls for help in a five-hour period, but in other parts of the country an HGV driver died when his truck tipped over, planes were diverted, thousands of people were evacuated due to an imminent flood risk and wildlife officers were preparing for a mass seal pup rescue operation in the event of a surge on eastern coasts.