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Huge thunderstorms and heavy rain struck Scotland last night (11 August), causing major flooding and travel disruption in several parts of the country.
Rail passengers and motorists have been faced with major delays on Wednesday (12 August) morning, as authorities work to clear the aftermath left by the extreme weather.
Which areas have been worst affected by flooding?
Several schools in Fife and Aberdeen have been forced to close due to flooding problems on the day pupils were due to return to classrooms after lockdown.
Glenrothes and Lochgelly High School are among the centres of education affected, after torrential rain and thunderstorms caused widespread disruption across central and eastern Scotland.
Twenty-nine nurseries, primary schools and high schools across the two council areas have been unable to open due to health and safety issues.
Aberdeen city council said that staff were “currently dealing with the situation”, while Fife council warned that other schools and nurseries may be partially closed due to the adverse conditions.
The adverse weather also causes a landslide in Fife, leading to the closure of the A921 between Kinghorn and Burntisland, with police now urging motorists to use an alternative route.
A huge fire also broke out at the Mossmorran plant in Fife after being hit by the lightning strike, with Fife Ethylene Plant confirming the flare was the direct result of the extreme weather and associated electrical impacts which sparked a process upset.
The thunderstorms also brought fire and flooding to parts of Falkirk, with firefighters rushed to deal with a fire at Thomas Johnston’s butcher shop in the early hours which is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.
There have also been reports of fires at residential properties in Garry Place, Hallglen and Reddingrig Place, Reddingmuirhead.
Flooding affected the car park at the Cadgers Brae Brewers Fayre on Beancross Road, near Polmont, while there have been reports of cars being enveloped by floodwater in Langton Road, Westquarter.
Heavy flooding has also affected Kirkcaldy, with cars parked at the town’s Victoria Hospital seen piled on top of each other after floating from the high water level.
Cars have been half-submerged in floodwater in streets in Perth, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has been called to multiple reports of flooding in the Perthshire area.
Many domestic properties have been affected by the floods, while Perth and Kinross Council has said several roads in the area were impassable due to high water levels.
At 7am, the council tweeted that Feus Road, Marshall Place, Wallace Crescent, Crammond Place, Crieff Road, Glasgow Road and A912 at Bogle Bridge were affected, while surface water was causing problems in many other areas.
What about roads and rail services?
ScotRail has warned that services across the country will be delayed or cancelled today (12 August) due to “extremely heavy rain” and flooding on the railway.
Several services in and out of Scotland’s capital have been affected by damage and flooding from the storm.
Trains from Edinburgh to Dunblane have been delayed until 12pm due to damage to overhead electrical wires between Stirling and Dunblane, while the Edinburgh to Glasgow service via Shotts has been disrupted due to heavy flooding on the line at Hartwood.
Trains between Edinburgh and Aberdeen and Edinburgh and Inverness have also been suspended due to flooding on the line, and passengers on trains from Edinburgh to Glenrothes via Dunfermline (as well as via Kirkaldy) will have to take a rail replacement bus service. ScotRail tickets will be accepted with Stagecoach.
Passengers have been advised to check for live updates on their journey before travelling and consider alternative transport where possible.
On the roads, some vehicles were recovered after they were abandoned due to flooding on the M8, which was partly closed for a time and later reopened.
Is more thunder on the way?
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of thunderstorms for the eastern half of Scotland which is in force until midnight on Wednesday (12 August).
It warned that some places are likely to see “further severe thunderstorms”, but with “significant uncertainty in location and timing”.
The warning covers Central, Tayside and Fife, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Stirling.