High winds leave trail of destruction

0112036 SSFF storm damage 'storm damage - Fair Isle Road, Kirkcaldy
0112036 SSFF storm damage 'storm damage - Fair Isle Road, Kirkcaldy
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SEVERE stormy winds hit Kirkcaldy and surrounding areas on Tuesday morning causing travel chaos, blocking roads and damaging buildings.

Gales gusted up to 100 mph and the Met Office issued a red alert - which reduced to amber later in the day - for high winds, which b attered the town until early afternoon.

0112012 SSFF storm damage 'storm damage - fallen trees in the Memorial Garden, Kirkcaldy

0112012 SSFF storm damage 'storm damage - fallen trees in the Memorial Garden, Kirkcaldy

Fife Fire and Rescue Service said it had received 122 calls and attended 45 incidents across the Kingdom between 8.00 a.m and midnight on Tuesday with the majority of calls relating to structural damage from fallen trees, walls and buildings.

Accidents

There were also a number of weather-related road accidents. These included part of a roof of a property in Windmill Road, Kirkcaldy coming down onto a car; a chimney falling down in Burntisland, trees being blown over in Fair Isle Road, King Street and West Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy and the town’s Memorial Gardens and Chalet Park.

Part of Kirkcaldy High Street was also closed off to cars and pedestrians after a section of roof above the former McDonald’s restaurant fell off the building.

0112010 SSFF storm damage 'storm damage to car after roof fell on it - Windmill Road, Kirkcaldy

0112010 SSFF storm damage 'storm damage to car after roof fell on it - Windmill Road, Kirkcaldy

One main road affected was the A92 in Kirkcaldy. It was closed northbound for a time between the Redhouse Roundabout and Bankhead Roundabout because of a fallen tree.

Meanwhile, the high winds forced Fife Council to suspend bin collections and close recycling centres with teams out in force to clear fallen trees around the Kingdom.

Sara Wilson, roads technician engineer, said: “We had 16 road closures across Fife and teams from transportation and parks and countryside services were out from 8.00 a.m on Tuesday morning.”

Repair team

The majority of the Council was closed between Monday and yesterday (Wednesday), but a repair team was called in to help deal with the volume of calls from the public about damage caused by the winds.

Around 150 jobs had been reported to the building services team by 3.00 p.m on Tuesday afternoon and repairs were being prioritised.

Rail services in and out of the Kingdom were also affected with Scotrail advising passengers not to travel.