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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.