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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have been responding to incidents across Scotland as strong winds and rain wreak havoc

Firefighters are working flat out this morning to protect families, motorists and homes as Storm Gertrude pummels the country.

At 8.30am firefighters in Edinburgh secured a roof in the city’s Northfield Farm Avenue – after half of it was blown off in the heavy gusts.

Assistant Chief Officer, Lewis Ramsay, Director of Response and Resilience said SFRS would continue to help wherever needed.

He said: “Our crews are here to respond to the needs of our local communities and provide the highest level of emergency response.

“Firefighters are working with partner agencies to resolve incidents as quickly as possible and are fully committed to protect our communities and work to ensure their safety during this period of difficult weather.  We will continue to respond wherever we are needed.

“In this type of weather I would urge people to follow advice issued by Floodline Scotland, our Police Scotland colleagues and by Transport Scotland, which will help them stay safe and also avoid running into difficulty on the roads.”