Selkirk’s great escape from the savage storm

Selkirk and the Valleys were battered but only partly bruised by yesterday’s superstorm that caused death and damage across the country.

At the Eskdalemuir monitoring complex, close to the head of the Ettrick Valley, a wind speed of 83 miles per hour was recorded at 9am.

As The Wee Paper went to press early yesterday afternoon, weather conditions, as forecast by the Met Office, were easing, with no reports of serious damage in the area.

But parts of the area were hit by power cuts. Yarrow was one of eight schools that were closed by the council because there was no electricity.

Scottish Power said early indications were that around 1,000 customers across the Borders had been hit. But shortly before 1am, they upped the figure to approximately 5,000.

Around 22,000 of its customers were affected across Scotland and extra engineers were brought in from England.

Selkirk saw a mixture of weather. In addition to the whipping wind there was rain, hailstones and some snow.

Some country roads were blocked for a time by fallen trees, including Bowden Toll and the Yair.

In neighbouring Galashiels, flat roofs were ripped from houses in Gala Park and Douglas Place.

And at the giant Asda superstore a customer was hit by part of the ‘S’ from the sign above the door which came loose in the high winds. He was checked by staff and paramedics but was unhurt. Asda said the area was cordoned off and made safe.




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