Town misses very worst gales - so far

When the Review looked around town at Thursday lunchtime, the sun was shining brightly but it was extremely windy and intermittent heavy rain showers were falling.

Birds which had settled in the water at the harbour entrance were bobbing rapidly up and down, as if sitting on a demented see-saw.

The tide was well in and the water in the Basin itself was very choppy.

Travelling along the main street in Ferryden there were various deep puddles, and a more badly affected place where water, earth and stones had come pouring out of a field.

Trouble spots in previous storms in town were apparently unaffected. There was no flooding, for example, at Western Road North, or Graham Crescent.

In contrast to the sun overhead, the sky to the north was very black indeed.

No schools in Angus were closed on Thursday, although many in snow-affected Kirriemuir and the Glens ordered pupil transport at lunchtime.

In the Review office the electric lights flickered several times. One of our staff was on the ‘phone to the Angus County Press office in Forfar when this happened, and was told that the same had happened there at the same moment.

By the afternoon it was clear that in this part of the world at any rate, the main problem was the strong wind.

A furniture van was blown on its side on the A92 near Inverkeilor.

There were reports of power cuts in Craigo and Hillside, where many residents were without electricity from 4pm until midnight.

A window was smashed over the Black Horse pub in Murray Street.

The Marykirk road was closed because of a fallen tree.

Some slates blew off roofs in High Street and landed on the pavement, just a few yards from where two people were standing.

And of course the official switch-on of the Christmas lights was called off in the interests of public safety.

East Coast Rail warned customers not to expect trains north of Edinburgh, to no small part because the Tay Rail Bridge had closed because of high winds - but that a near normal service would run on Friday.

Tayside Police supplied frequently updated information about road closures, and helpful advice for drivers - including diversions where roads were closed because of fallen trees.

But by Friday morning the gale had gone, and all that was left was a normal, chilly, wintry morning.