Storm winds lash Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs – were you affected?

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WINDS of up to 95mph tore across the central belt of Scotland today (Tuesday) as the new year got off to a gusty start.

The Kirkintilloch Herald office in Dalrymple Court, Townhead, was temporarily cordoned off due to fears over slates and guttering.

Meanwhile, just a few yards away the public and traffic were being kept away from the old Co-op building in Townhead, which has been burned-out for years.

There were fears that loose debris and brick might be torn from the blackened shell.

Elsewhere trees, chimneys and debris littered roads across East Dunbartonshire and Northern Corridor villages such as Chryston and Muirhead.

The atrocious conditions are keeping Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (SFR) staff “exceptionally busy”, with 450 calls from midnight and 180 incidents currently now in progress. SFR’s Director of Operations, Assistant Chief Officer David Goodhew, said: “Our firefighters are working hard to meet the exceptional demand we are experiencing.”

* Was it bad where you were? E-mail kirkyherald@jnscotland.co.uk or call 0141 775 0040.