One car passenger dies after Storm Isha causes havoc

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Pic credit – Network Rail – tree fallen near Whitecraigs train station in Glasgow

A man has died after the car he was travelling in hit a fallen tree in Grangemouth.

Police say the 84 year old was in the passenger seat when the collision happened just before midnight yesterday during some of the worst winds Scotland has seen in years. Others in the car managed to escape with their lives.

Elsewhere in the country, more trees, branches and debris blocked roads and rail tracks and flights had to be rescheduled with many being redirected to other airports in the UK or in Europe as a result of the storm.

In Ayrshire, Zareena Shah from Drongan, was left shaken, but unharmed when she was met by a fallen tree on the A70 during a commute that she takes on a daily basis.

Luckily, she was able to see the obstacle before it was too late.

When asked by the Clyde Insider how she felt Zareena said: “ Really nervous as I’ve never drove in weather like that before.”

In a social media post from last night, she said: “I’m home!! Back roads aren’t much better. Plus, this is not passable unless out a stroll.”

Tree down on the A70 between Coylton and Drongan last night credit: Zareena Shah

ScotRail had cancelled all train services between 7pm yesterday and 12pm today with Network Rail engineers having to inspect all lines to make sure they were passable.

Trees had collapsed on to tracks in North Lanarkshire, Whitecraigs (see below) and on to a train near Crosshill station in Glasgow just before services were postponed last night – fortunately, no-one was hurt.

At Edinburgh airport a lone suitcase summed up Scotland’s travel plans as it was blown across the tarmac.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter) Nimrah Khatoon said: “Scotland reels under travel chaos as Storm Isha rages on, suitcase spotted blowing across the tarmac.”

The Met Office had put the UK on yellow and amber weather warnings on Sunday 21 January, but the North-East of Scotland was upgraded to a red warning during the hours of 1 and 5am today.

The gusts seem to be slightly subsiding in that area as the Met Office announced earlier today that Grampian now has an amber warning.

Following on from Storm Isha the Met Office have said that the UK will also receive a visit from a scaled down version called Storm Jocelyn.

Chief meteorologist, Steve Willington, said: “Although this system will be a step down relative to Storm Isha, with the damage and clean up still underway, we could potentially see more impacts from Storm Jocelyn.”

He continued: “Outbreaks of heavy rain on Tuesday could bring rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 mm quite widely with 40 to 50 mm over higher ground in southwest Scotland, the Scottish Highlands and parts of northwest England.

“Wind gusts are expected to reach 55 to 65 mph across north western Scotland while there is potential for winds to gust to 75 to 80 mph in a few places, in particular exposed parts of the Western Isles and coastal northwest Scotland early on Wednesday morning.”

Updates on travel around Storm Jocelyn are expected from the Scottish Government in due course.

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