HURRICANE force winds brought the county of Lanarkshire to a standstill almost a year after the area shut down because of unexpected levels of snowfall.
The Met office placed the county and the rest of central Scotland on red alert as gusts of up to 100mph swept the area, forcing the closure of schools and businesses on Thursday.
Motherwell College also advised students and staff that they would be closing for the day as did other educational institutions across the central belt.
Police advised motorists not to travel while public transport grounded to a halt as debris on tracks affected trains going in and out of Motherwell.
Double decker buses were taken off the roads over healthy and safety fears while drivers did their best to continue on their routes despite the adverse conditions.
Other routes were blocked with an overturned van forcing the closure of the Bellshill bypass while Menteith Road in Motherwell’s town centre closed due to flashing coming off the rood of North Lanarkshire Council’s Dalziel building.
Edward McCluskey, maintenance and improvement manager with NLC’s design services, said: “The roof of the Dalziel building sustained some minor damage during Thursday’s storms, when some flashing on the roof came loose.
“Menteith Road was closed for a short time as a precaution but opened again the following morning.
“Repairs to the roof were carried out by Friday lunchtime. The building remained operational throughout.”
Hamilton Road in Bellshill was closed between Main Street and Glebe Street after a wall collapsed, sending debris on to the pavement.
No one was injured but shops were forced to close, some for several days, as work took place to make the building safe.
For full story and more pictures, see this week’s Times & Speaker dated Thursday, December 15.