BARRHEAD residents have spent much of the day assessing the damage and getting back to normal after the severe disruption of Storm Ali.

An amber weather warning was in place for much of yesterday as gusts of around 80mph hit the area, forcing the closure of roads and bringing some services to a standstill.

A section of Barrhead Main Street was closed off cladding came loose from the town's health centre and blew into the street.

The health centre was also closed in the interests of safety, but reopened as normal this morning.

All football facilities operated by the council were shut down and both Greenhags Recycling Centre and Barrhead Recycling Centre were closed due to the high winds.

Falling trees and branches blocked a number of roads, including Neilston Road, Kirkton Road and Carlibar Road, and caused damage to a number of cars, fences and other property.

Meanwhile, rail services were suspended between Barrhead and Glasgow Central, with disruption continuing into today.

This afternoon, East Renfrewshire Council confirmed that all roads had now been cleared and reopened.

A spokesperson said: “Our teams worked hard throughout Storm Ali to ensure that any impacts of the high winds were minimised as much as possible for our residents. 

"We were able to reopen Barrhead Health Centre as normal on Thursday morning after dealing with the cladding issue which resulted in the closure of the Main Street during the worst period of the storm. 

"In addition our staff worked tirelessly throughout the evening to remove fallen trees which had blocked roads and paths. 

"All our roads were cleared and operating as normal by lunch time today. It was a fantastic effort by all involved.”