When the wind blows

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freak weather conditions of gale-force winds left the southside counting the cost as the big clear-up got underway this week.

Extreme weather conditions blow down trees in full-leaf — which in turn caused significant damge to walls, roads and cars — and travel was severely disrupted.

Weather caused chaos on Shawbridge Street.

Weather caused chaos on Shawbridge Street.

Some southsiders paid a price for living in the leafy suburbs when winds began to tear down trees.

High gusts and the knock-on effects caused transport chaos throughout local roads, while most train services were either delayed or cancelled.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Winds dislodged trees and branches along many routes.

“This has interrupted the supply of power to overhead cables”.

A pair of Giffnock commuters had the nightmare end to their journey when they returned to the local train station to find a tree had crashed into their cars.

While Clarkston drivers had to find an alternative route when a fallen tree which pulled down power cables blocked Mearns Road.

People were not safe in their homes either. Mary and William Middleton (both 82) were sitting in their Pollokshields home when a large tree slowly tumbled on to their house, uprooting the gas mains in the process.

Glasgow City council have had more than 400 reports of damaged or fallen trees — double the amount of January and February combined.

A GCC spokeswoman said: “Many more trees will have been weakened by the wind and wet ground and further damage is expected during the next few days.

“Land and environmental services are working around the clock to clear the debris”.

Stephen Keates, forecaster at the Met Office, believes the winds will remain unsettled “well into next weekend.

“The uncharacteristically stormy weather was caused by areas of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean.

“These have unfortunately developed in the wrong place, which is causing the unusually windy weather.

“This kind of pattern is more akin to January, February or October; it is not normal for this time of the year. Top wind speeds of 84mph recorded in Glasgow are unusual in built-up areas”.