By a Newsnet reporter
Police in Scotland’s central belt are urging people not to travel as high winds cause havoc across Scotland.
The Met office has issued a red alert severe weather warning as the winds cause structural damage to roofs and other structures.
The weather appeared to catch BBC Scotland off guard and this morning saw a special Good Morning Scotland programme on Radio Scotland – previewing the coming year – run at the height of the rush hour without any special travel or weather bulletins, Radio Clyde were already urging people not to travel.
The situation changed just after 09:00 am and a hastily re-arranged Call Kaye programme saw weather and travel alerts take over the show as callers were urged to call in with their experiences.
BBC Scotland’s weather reporter described the situation as “surprisingly very bad” and called the storm “extremely severe” and worse than the so called ‘hurricane bawbag’ that hit Scotland last month.
According to reports gusts of 95 mph have been detected in Glasgow and lorries have been blown over on the Kingston Bridge which was closed in both directions at the height of rush hour. Bishopton and Isla saw winds hit 100 miles per hour and Glasgow airport saw winds near 100 mph.
Train services from Queen Street’s low level have been suspended as have services from Glasgow’s high level. Waverley station in Edinburgh saw all services cancelled.
Scotrail advised travellers not to travel in the Strathclyde area. Police in the central belt advised people not to travel as reports came in of objects being blown across roads.
The winds are expected to subside around mid-day as they move north.
Yesterday, as reported by Newsnet Scotland, transport Minister Keith Brown urged people returning to work to check before they travel. The Met office had issued an amber alert and forecast high winds of up to 80 mph in central and north-east Scotland and blizzard conditions north of the Highlands.
The situation changed dramatically early this morning as winds gathered speed, at around 08:00 am the Met office upgraded the weather alert to red, which meant advising no travel at all in the affected areas.
Motorists can access up-to-the-minute traffic information from Traffic Scotland and its customer care line 0800 028 1414 android phone apps or Twitter updates.
Rail users can keep up to date with services through the travel update section on the Scotrail website.
The BBC are asking people to contact them with their views on the situation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16385049