Video: Storm Ali wreaks havoc across the north-east

The north-east has been battered by Storm Ali, causing travel chaos and leaving thousands without power.

Trains were cancelled and roads closed as severe weather conditions hit the area.

Wind damage to scaffolding on Crown Street

At one point there were more than 7,000 properties without power in areas including Inverurie, Laurencekirk, Maud, Westhill and Catterline.

In Aberdeen, a section of a primary school had to be evacuated after tree branches came down in the playground.

The Met Office issued a weather warning, with gusts of 65-75mph recorded yesterday afternoon.

Homes and businesses were without electricity for several hours while engineers worked to restore power.

A spokeswoman from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said: “We would like to apologise to our customers and thank them for their patience as our engineers work in challenging conditions to restore their power supplies as quickly and as safely as possible.

“As Storm Ali tracks through the country, we are urging members of the public not to approach any damage to our equipment and instead report it either by calling 105 or via our Power Track app, and our teams will investigate as soon as possible.”

The tree down at St Peter’s School on Dunbar Street

Crown Street in Aberdeen city centre was closed at 1pm yesterday after scaffolding came loose.

In Torry, Greyhope Road was shut due to concerns regarding a roof at the Sepa headquarters on Sinclair Road, with fire crews helping police in the incident. Staff were sent home. Schoolchildren were also evacuated from a cabin at St Peter’s School on Dunbar Street.

A spokesman for Aberdeen City Council said “a couple of substantial branches” from a tree in the playground had come down.

He added: “The Portakabin was evacuated and children moved to the hall in the main building.

“Due to ongoing concerns about the tree and its proximity to the school, the head teacher started calling parents of all children in the school from around 2pm.”

The school reopened this morning, however the playground and modular classroom unit were shut as a precaution.

A number of fallen trees also caused traffic chaos, including on the A93 between Drumoak and Crathes, and the A96 near Oyne.

South Deeside Road was also blocked due to a fallen tree near the junction with Leggart Terrace, and another tree fell outside the city’s Whinhill Medical Practice on Whinhill Road, obstructing the pavement and part of the road.

At the city’s airport 18 flights were also affected, with passengers unable to get off planes due to high winds.

Train services between Aberdeen and both Glasgow and Edinburgh were affected.

Services from London to the Granite City were also stopped at Newcastle with passengers unable to continue their journeys.