Fall­ing de­bris strikes tourists as fer­ries and rail travel hit


The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCALNEWS - BY CHRIS MACLENNAN

Two Span­ish tourists were struck by fall­ing de­bris in In­ver­ness city cen­tre as Storm Hec­tor swept across the north yes­ter­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices at­tended the in­ci­dent on Church Street around 12:30pm af­ter de­bris had fallen above the Munro & No­ble so­lic­i­tors of­fice.

Ac­cess to traf­fic was re­stricted as High­land C o u n c i l ’s build­ing stan­dards team con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and made the build­ing safe.

Nick MacRae, sergeant of the city cen­tre policing team, said: “A roof hatch has lifted off and struck two tourists. They were checked over by am­bu­lance per­son­nel where it was dis­cov­ered there were no ma­jor in­juries, and they were found to be safe and well.”

Else­where, gusts ex­ceed­ing 60mph were ex­pe­ri­enced, with Kirk­wall in Orkney clock­ing gusts of 62mph, as Storm Hec­tor caused chaos to travel ar­range­ments.

Ferry and rail ser­vices faced se­vere dis­rup­tion as CalMac can­celled the Ard­more-Eriskay, Oban -Castle­bay and Mal­laigLochbois­dale routes.

Sco­tRail tweeted: “Our Glas­gow Queen St-Oban ser­vices are cur­rently be­ing dis­rupted by a tree block­ing the line at Dal­mally. Staff are en route to move this tree as quickly as they can.”

Stornoway Coast­guard re­ported two yachts had bro­ken free from their moor­ings on Skye dur­ing a spout of “un­usual” weather for this time of year. Skye also ex­pe­ri­enced the high­est vol­ume of down­pour with 130ml of rain recorded.

A spokes­woman for the Met Of­fice said to­day is ex­pected to bring po­ten­tial gales over Shet­land, with the rest of the north ex­pected to be breezy as the day pro­gresses with dry and sunny spells over­shad­owed by the odd shower.

She added: “Satur­day is ex­pected to be a calmer day as wind grad­u­ally eases. Heavy rain ex­pe­ri­enced from the west will cross the coun­try and pull to­wards the north-east with po­ten­tial risk of hail and thun­der through­out the day. How­ever, largely brighter and drier con­di­tions will be present in the west.”

A tree top­pled on to this car in Aberdeen overnight

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