90mph winds to batter South Ayrshire

POLICE in South Ayrshire are advising people not to travel as the Met Office has issued storm warnings with gusts of up to 90mph expected today (Thursday).

All South Ayrshire Council offices and facilities including schools and nurseries, libraries, leisure centres and recycling centres are closed today due to the severe weather, but expected to re-open on Friday, December 9.

Fallen trees have blocked the A77 at Ballantrae and the A719 near Culzean earlier this morning and flooding was reported on Girvan shorefront.

SEPA has issued a flood alert for Ayrshire and Arran, which could give problems on the roads and in urban areas and cause drains and minor watercourses to overflow.

There will also be coastal impacts on low lying exposed areas from the expected high tide. This is due to a large surge, wind and waves caused by expected gale force winds. The public are advised to avoid these areas and promenades in Ayr, Girvan, Newton, Prestwick and Troon are now closed.

Transport Scotland is urging people to pay attention to police travel warnings. Police are currently advising all motorists to avoid travelling on roads in the Strathclyde area.

Rail services between Glasgow and Ayr are also operating a reduced frequency with hourly departures from Ayr at 43 minutes past each hour and from Glasgow Central at 30 minutes past each hour. A bus service is operating between Ayr and Stranraer.

Latest information on disruption to Stagecoach bus services can be found at www.stagecoachbus.com

Disruption to power supplies and damage to property is also likely.

A spokeswoman for South Ayrshire Council said: “Please allow extra time for travel, avoid unnecessary risks and keep checking websites and local radio for real-time information. Also think about your neighbours, especially those who may be elderly or vulnerable and need some help or support.

“You can also let us know about weather-related issues such as damaged buildings by calling 0300 123 0900.”

Road closures as at Thursday, December 8 at 2pm include Eaglesham Road at Ayr Road (Tree Down), A737 Darvel - Kilwinning (Lorry on side), A77 Ballantrae (tree down).