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Major roads closed after Storm Ali wages war with West End trees

This tree is me after Freshers’ Week

Storm Ali has been wrecking havoc on the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas as wind speeds of up to 75mph have been reported in some areas.

Yesterday an amber weather warning was put in place from 8am to 6pm. Public transport services throughout the UK were affected, particularly trains, flights and ferries with most services being cancelled. Scotrail have advised customers not travel on services running through Glasgow Queen Street, and almost all trains running through the central belt were eventually cancelled. Throughout Glasgow's West End a large number of trees have fallen, blocking major roads and pedestrian paths.

Kelvin Way has been most affected, with one of the central roads from the busy student centre of the West End into the town centre being cordoned off by police. Diversions have been set up and no injuries have been reported so far, however there has been considerable damage to property including a car which was parked next to a falling tree.

Many Glasgow residents, including BBC Scotland weather presenter Judith Ralston, have taken to social media to share the devastation wrecked by Storm Ali. Images below capture the 'fallout.'

As well as going online, concerned students have been in touch with our team to share their stories. 4th year Maths student Ronan Leslie stated: 'I was almost killed by a tree today – I was crossing the road by the park near GUU. It's still on the road now – I could have died!'

Students are urged to exercise extreme caution around the West End, especially when driving and walking around very wooded areas. Students are advised to only leave homes when absolutely necessary, and wrap up warmly for the duration of the storm.