Gales havoc

One of many trees blocking paths and roads throughout Angus, this one is in Ashludie Park in Monifieth.
One of many trees blocking paths and roads throughout Angus, this one is in Ashludie Park in Monifieth.

GALE force winds swept through Angus on Monday causing untold amounts of damage and disruption.

Some services in the area were worse affected than others as winds of up to 79mph were recorded.

A huge tree was blown over on the Muirdrum to Carnoustie road at the double bends before Carlogie Road. The tractors grab and the use of a chain saw were used to clear the road which was closed for some time.

A huge tree was blown over on the Muirdrum to Carnoustie road at the double bends before Carlogie Road. The tractors grab and the use of a chain saw were used to clear the road which was closed for some time.

A spokesperson for East Coast trains outlined the disruption: “Yesterday (Monday), services to and from Aberdeen terminated at Dundee, while today we are unable to offer services north of Dundee.

“This was implemented towards late afternoon yesterday, when the winds really started to pick up.”

Similarly, ScotRail was unable to provide services north of Dundee, and a replacement bus service was used where possible.

On the other hand, BEAR Scotland, which maintains the A92 Dundee to Arbroath dual carriageway on behalf of Angus council emerged relatively unscathed.

Meanwhile, in the country parks of Angus there was considerably more disruption.

Ranger Tom McGrath told the Gazette: “There were several trees down at Monikie, Crombie and Forfar Loch, and these were blocking a number of trails.”

Damage was described as “not substantial” although timber did block some access.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Council staff worked on information supplied by Tayside Police to clear fallen trees and branches from around 20 minor roads throughout Angus.

“On Tuesday morning (May 24), all main roads are open although some minor roads were still affected by trees and debris.”

Closer to home, power outages were reported throughout Carnoustie, staying off for around 20 minutes in some parts of the town.

It was also reported that winds were so strong that a glass balcony was torn from the side of a building in Dalhousie Court, Links Parade. It is understood that no one was hurt.

Trees in and around Carnoustie proved the biggest problem. At 1.22 p.m. a tree was reported blocking Carlogie Road, and at 2.22 p.m. and 2.47 p.m. trees were reported blocking the Forfar road north of Muirdrum and the A930 Barry Road half a mile from the Muirdrum turn-off, respectively.

A spokesperson for Tayside Police told the Gazette: “Between midnight and 11.59 p.m. on Monday May 23, Tayside Police’s Force Communication Centre recorded almost 1100 incidents, the vast majority of which were related to the high winds.

“In Angus, there were more than 130 weather-related incident calls to the communication centre.

“A number of roads and pathways were blocked throughout the Tayside area, although the emergency services, the local authorities and partner agencies worked together to clear trees and falling debris to ensure that debris was cleared and roads were re-opened at the earliest opportunity.”