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Gale-force winds batter Scotland

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Residents are likely to be clearing up and starting the process of claiming on their home insurance policies, after gale-force winds battered much of Scotland.

Storms damaged property and caused disruption across the country, with winds blowing at a speed of up to 90mph.

The Western Isles bore the brunt, where schools were closed and ferry services axed due to the strong winds.

People in Shetland experienced 93mph gusts. Also, a 25-metre fishing boat was helped back to port after it broke free from its moorings.

Rescue teams had to deal with dozens of calls, after reports of structural damage and blocked roads.

Also 50 people were evacuated from a block of flats in Dumfries, after its roof was blown off.

Motorists faced disruption with the Skye Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge closed to high-sided vehicles due to the winds.

In town and city centres, fire and rescue crews were called on to secure shop signs.

© Press Association 2011