Thousands remain without power but rail services resume after Storm Jocelyn

Weather warnings remain in place as the tenth named storm of the season sweeps across Scotland.

Latest updates
  • 2,000 homes are without power in the north of Scotland
  • Man killed in Storm Isha crash with fallen tree named
  • Hundreds of homes in Falkirk left without power for fourth day
  • No rush hour trains on Wednesday morning in wake of storm
  • Train services have resumed following safety checks on lines
  • Fallen trees and tidal waves forced road closures across the country

Storm Jocelyn has brought fresh travel disruption across Scotland, less than two days after Storm Isha left two people dead and thousands without power.

The tenth named storm of the season brought an amber warning for wind to parts of Scotland on Wednesday morning with the rest of the country covered by a yellow alert into Wednesday afternoon.

In the north of the country, 2,000 homes remain without power after SSEN engineers were able to return supplies to 4,500 households.

In Falkirk, hundreds face a fourth day with disruption to supplies after a tree crushed a substation on Sunday.

Tree on train line.

There were reports of fallen trees on the M74 at Junction 6, the M876 eastbound at Junction 3 and the A84 at Kilmahog.

The A78 was closed in both directions between Skelmorlie and Largs due to tidal flooding.

Transport disruption, including to rail services to and from Scotland, continued until the mid-afternoon.

ScotRail said Network Rail Scotland took the decision to suspend all services due to the “extraordinary” number of incidents and damage Storm Isha caused and the likelihood of more during Storm Jocelyn.

South Uist in the Western Isles recorded the strongest gusts overnight at 74mph, while Drumalbin in Lanarkshire was hit by 73mph winds.

In the Highlands, Altnaharra in Sutherland recorded winds at speeds of 70mph and Tain in Ross and Cromarty saw 68mph winds sweeping through.

Martin Thomson, national operations manager for resilience at Transport Scotland, said: “Across the wider network, we can expect to see more delays and cancellations with ferries, flights and rail into Wednesday morning.”

Network Rail Scotland said it had dealt with incidents including flooding, fallen trees and a shed roof blowing onto a high wall above a track on Tuesday evening and would be inspecting routes for damage from first light.

A statement said: “It’ll be done in many ways – teams on foot, in road-rail vehicles, freight locos and empty passenger trains. Our helicopter will be out too, as soon as winds ease.”

ScotRail said all lines would be checked before services restart, saying “it will be later on in the day before any trains can run”.

Extreme weather brought about by the storm has seen the A76 closed in both directions between Skelmorlie and Largs due to water breaking over the sea wall, while the Forth Bridge was open to cars and single decker buses with restrictions on high-sided vehicles on several bridges.

CalMac ferries running between Mallaig/Oban – Lochboisdale, Oban – Colonsay – Port Askaig – Kennacraig have been cancelled for the remainder of the day while the majority run the risk of cancellation or delay.

A Castlebay to Oban service running today, with a return tomorrow, has had a Co-Op lorry booked on to it while some food suppliers have been offered spaces on the route coming down to Barra from Uig so that shelves can be replenished.

Four flights at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday evening were cancelled due to the weather.

The number of flood warnings across Scotland – meaning flooding was expected – had reached 38.

Forecasters expect winds to gradually ease from the south as Storm Jocelyn moves away from the UK on Wednesday, which will be a day of sunny spells and blustery showers.

An 84-year-old man died during Storm Isha after the car in which he was a front seat passenger crashed into a fallen tree in Grangemouth, Falkirk, Police Scotland said.

A man in his 60s was killed in a crash involving two vans and a fallen tree in Limavady, Co Londonderry, on Sunday night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

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