Blown away

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ONE of the worst storms in living history battered Scotland last week.

The Forth Road Bridge bosses closed the crossing at 10.34am when gusts peaked at 84mph and it remained shut until just after 6pm.

A construction worker had a lucky escape when the upper part of a two storey portakabin based at the Forth Road Bridge car park was blown off and hit him.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said they were investigating, after he suffered minor head injuries.

Bo’ness firefighters were called to Howieson Avenue around 1.20pm to cut down a tree branch that had fallen onto a house, and to Pennelton Place shortly before 2pm where a tree had fallen on a property. No one was injured.

Retired hospice chaplain Stuart Webster of Blair Avenue returned home on Thursday afternoon to discover his and wife Joanna’s garden shed had turned upside down and become impaled on the rotary washing line and decking bannisters, just missing their conservatory by inches.

The A706 Bo’ness to Linlithgow Flints road was passable with care on Friday morning, with partial flooding and fallen branches.

Schools across the area closed at noon last Wednesday fearing the worst from weather forecasts, and in West Lothian council arborists and private contractors, were kept busy with 47 incidents of fallen trees and branches. There were beech trees blocking roads at Threemiletown and near the Park Bistro, as well as a Cypress tree split by the wind at Capstan Walk in Linlithgow. A sycamore tree also came down in St Michael’s churchyard, and fell into the Rose Garden at the Burgh Halls.

Council staff attended numerous minor flooding and weather related incidents.