Wind-battered Scotland suffers one death and power cuts

Winds of up to 100mph in Scotland have resulted in the death of one man and an entire city losing power for a time.

Police in Strathclyde confirmed that a man was killed in Balloch, West Dunbartonshrie, when a tree fell and crushed his car.

For about half-an-hour on Monday evening, shops, offices and householders in Inverness had no electricity.

The high winds also led to the closure of the Forth and Tay Road Bridges.

By 2000 BST, cars were being allowed to cross the Forth Bridge, but the Tay Bridge remained closed to all vehicles.

Rail services across the country were affected throughout the rush-hour on Monday but ScotRail said that trains from Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street had resumed running at 2030 BST.

The West Coast mainline remained closed between Carlisle and Glasgow.

Network Rail, which looks after the system's cabling and tracks, said the disruption would continue into Tuesday.

The fatality in West Dunbartonshire happened on Mollanbowie Road at about 1500 BST on Monday when a tree fell onto a vehicle being driven by a man.

Fire crews worked for several hours to cut the 36-year-old free, but he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Image caption Rail travellers were left waiting in their hundreds at Central Station in Glasgow

Wind sppeds of 80mph were recorded across the country during Monday.

A gust of 100mph was recorded at Glen Ogle in Stirlingshire.

The high winds hit electricity supplies with Scottish and Southern Energy reporting that 30,000 of their customers were affected and Scottish Power said 12,000 homes were without powere, with the Fife, Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire areas worst affected.

The power company said hundreds of engineers were out working in "very difficult" conditions.

Extra staff have been drafted in from England to help restore supply to customers.

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