Jan 6 2012 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
More storm damage for Ayrshire.
STORM-FORCE winds battered South Ayrshire for the second time in a month.
Gales of up to 90 miles an hour blew off roofs, ripped down fences, uprooted trees and even toppled HGV lorries and planes.
Police received more than 50 weather-related calls between 7am and midday on Tuesday.
Many were to deal with fallen trees – including one in Mossblown’s Afton Avenue which landed on a parked car.
At Prestwick Airport, a light aircraft was blown over. Nobody was aboard the stationary plane at the time.
Flights in and out of the airport were subject to delays throughout the day.
At Girvan harbour, a parked HGV was blown on to its side. And roofing from the Mirage Nightclub ended up on the road.
In Troon’s Portland Street, the festive lights were ripped down and left hanging across the road.
And in the town’s Brodie Avenue a caravan was blown into a car.
Shop windows in Ayr’s Kyle Street and Alloway Street were blown in as well as in the communal close of a block of flats in James Street.
In Prestwick Road, the fuel garage had to be closed after corrugated metal from the nearby bed shop landed on the forecourt.
Damage was also done to the roof of flats at Kings Court, Sloan Street, Ayr Bowling Club in Cassillis Street while roofing blocked the road at the top of the Sandgate.
Somerset Park, the home of Ayr United, suffered more damage, having had part of its roof blown off last month.
A house in Somerset Road had its front window smashed in as a result.
Racing at Ayr Racecourse was abandoned on Tuesday on health and safety grounds because there was no PA system.
The Race Tech truck supplying sound and vision had to be moved after a tree became unsafe in the high winds. Earlier in the morning, the track had passed an inspection.
Citadel Leisure Centre, Prestwick and Troon swimming pools and Whitletts activity centre were all closed.
All bin collections were suspended for health and safety reasons although they were expected to be uplifted by Wednesday.
In Cumnock, many homes were left without power when trees crashed into power lines.
Scottish Power drafted in extra engineers from England to help restore electricity in Cumnock and elsewhere in the country.