Woman left fight­ing for life af­ter Storm Hec­tor chaos

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By ALAS­TAIR DAL­TON

A woman was se­ri­ously in­jured by a slate blown off a roof yes­ter­day as Scot­land was bat­tered by Storm Hec­tor.

The woman, who is in her 40s, was be­lieved to be in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal last night af­ter be­ing struck in Ed­in­burgh.

Sev­eral roads and rail routes were blocked by fallen branches and Calmac’s west coast ferry net­work was se­verely dis­rupted.

A woman was in­jured by fall­ing debris as Storm Hec­tor left a trail of de­struc­tion across Scot­land, felling trees and spark­ing flood warn­ings.

The vic­tim, in her 40s, was treated in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing hit by a roof slate in Dalry Road in Ed­in­burgh around 9:40am yes­ter­day.

Sev­eral roads and rail routes were blocked by fallen branches while ve­hi­cle re­stric­tions were im­posed on bridges.

Calmac’s west coast ferry net­work was se­verely dis­rupted.

Wind­speed­sreached63mph at Drum­ablin in South La­nark­shire and 59mph in Ed­in­burgh.

How­ever, the strong­est gusts were in North­ern Ire­land, with 74mph at Or­lock Head break­ing the June record.

Road clo­sures in­clud­ing part of the A1 in East Loth­ian.

The Tay Road Bridge was closed to all traf­fic, while some ve­hi­cles were barred from the Ersk­ine and Dornoch bridges.

The Forth Road Bridge, which car­ries buses, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans, was also shut.

Fallen trees blocked sev­eral streets in Glas­gow, in­clud­ing Great Western Road.

In Ed­in­burgh, Dalry Road, and Strat­hearn Road in March­mont, were closed due to fall­ing trees and debris.

Rail lines closed in­cluded the Glas­gow-lon­don west coast main line af­ter sev­eral large trees fell across tracks south of Carlisle.

Trees also blocked rail lines in and around Glas­gow, while the winds dam­aged over­head power lines on routes in Salt­coats, We­myss Bay, Dal­re­och in West Dun­bar­ton­shire and Partick in Glas­gow.

A Net­work Rail spokesman said: “Our en­gi­neers are work­ing as quickly as they can to re­pair the sig­nif­i­cant dam­age Storm Hec­tor has caused to our in­fra­struc­ture in Glas­gow and across the west coast of Scot­land.

“High winds and fallen trees have dam­aged over­head power lines at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions across the coun­try.

“En­gi­neers are deal­ing with sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing at Salt­coats on the Ayr­shire coast and at Dal­re­och and Partick on the North Clyde line.

“We are cur­rently re­view­ing the ex­tent of the work re­quired at each lo­ca­tion and putting re­sources in place to re­pair the rail­way and re-in­tro­duce ser­vices on the af­fected lines as soon as weather con­di­tions im­prove.”

Four flood warn­ings were is­sued for parts of south-west Scot­land by the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (Sepa) for Ayr to Troon, Loch Ryan, Outer Wig­town Bay and In­ner Wig­town Bay.

A Sepa spokesper­son said: “Due to the strong winds, storm surge and tidal con­di­tions, there is a risk of flood­ing from the sea around the time of the high tide

“In ad­di­tion, flood alerts have been is­sued for ar­eas in­clud­ing Ayr­shire and Ar­ran, Dum­fries and Gal­loway and Orkney.

A Met Of­fice yel­low “be aware” warn­ing for most of Scot­land was in force from 3am to 3pm.

Women bat­tle against strong winds in Ed­in­burgh yes­ter­day, as Storm Hec­tor, far left, made its way across the coun­try. Po­lice of­fi­cers in the West End of Glas­gow deal with a fallen tree

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