EARLY MORNING UPDATE – DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

Police Scotland can report a busy night in Dumfries and Galloway in relation to weather related incidents.  In particular calls relating to fallen trees blocking roads were prevalent and at this stage there are still a number of minor roads affected by fallen trees and branches, from Langholm and Moffat in the east of the region through to Stranraer and Portpatrick in the west.  At this time all major routes through the region are open.  Police Scotland urge those heading out to work or on other business to still drive with care.  Travellers are likely to come across fallen trees or branches on roads and we would urge anyone coming across such a situation to call it in to Police Scotland on the 101 number.

A number of calls were received relating to structural damage across the region, such as roofs being blown off buildings in Castle Douglas and in Dumfries and scaffolding collapsing.  At this time we have no reports of anyone being injured in the region.

A number of homes in the region have remained without power overnight and efforts are underway to bring power back to those affected.  In this regard communities are asked to check on those who might be described as vulnerable neighbours and, where safe to do so, to check on their welfare.  Winds are still strong across the region and again drivers are asked to drive to the conditions, and prepare for the unexpected as they go along.

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