Weather disrupts travel

A fallen ree blocks Beancross Road and police are seen running to another incident.
A fallen ree blocks Beancross Road and police are seen running to another incident.
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Wild weather stormed through Falkirk on Tuesday.

On the day many residents returned to work, travel was seriously disrupted due to gale-force gusts.

Fallen trees blocked major roads, and rail services between Glasgow and Edinburgh were suspended.

Lanes were blocked on the M9 and the M876, and the emergency services urged caution for those on the road.

There was also a report of a tree crashing down on a car’s windscreen in Grangemouth.

The Forth Road Bridge also closed to all traffic just before 9 a.m.

Experts at the Met Office issued a red weather warning for the region, and police urged people not to travel unless their journey was necessary.

The area was also strewn with debris and litter as bins, fencing and even road-side signs were blown around.

There were numerous reports of power cuts in Airth, Polmont and Whitecross, as well as damage to buildings.

Falkirk Council has also warned that refuse collection services have been suspended and recycling centres have been closed due to the high winds.

If you have a weather-related story to tell us, e-mail editorial@falkirkherald.co.uk