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AFTER weeks of baking temperatures, storms have been shaking the west of Scotland, along with much of Britain.





Greenock seems to have taken the brunt of the damage, yesterday (Thursday) seeing widespread flooding in the Inverclyde town – and a dramatic lightning strike which set fire to the roof of a block of flats.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service released photographs of the damage to the flats last night.


The flames could be seen rising from the roof of the Heritage Court block close to the town's waterfront following the strike.


Fire engines and police were at the scene, but we understand nobody was hurt.


A nearby church was used as an evacuation centre for residents of the block.


In Cowal, residents were kept awake as thunder rumbled through the night but, despite heavy rain, there are no reports of serious damage on the peninsula, although we are told a beech tree in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Dunoon’s Kilbride Road was split by a lightning strike earlier in the week.


We will update this page if any more storm damage is reported.


0 #1 Andrew Swift 2013-07-27 23:27
Hi Gordon - yes, we had a large beech tree taken down in the storm on Tuesday - split right in half, either by lightning or the sheer weight of water. The hassive section of tree took out several other trees and the phone lines on the way down the slope. Workmen working on the church were alarmed by the crash as the tree split. The damaged boughs, half of the tree, were precariously hanging above the road, and the remnant of the trunk was risking power lines, so Ross Petro and his guys made it safe over the next couple of days. I've got a few photos too.

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