Gonzalo spares Moray as region emerges relatively unscathed

Height of storm but Burghead stands firm (Patsy Goodsir)

While the highest winds recorded from the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo struck on the Moray coast most people breathed a sigh of relief when the region emerged relatively unscathed.

Winds of 57mph struck at Lossiemouth, the highest in the Grampian region – but it was further east in Aberdeenshire where the greatest damage was caused by Tuesday’s storm.

As the day progressed the fears of worried Moray residents eased with transport links in the region remaining open despite the conditions while brief spells of heavy rainfall did not cause a repeat of the surface flooding experienced in recent months.

A Met Office spokesman has said that the worst of the winds had now passed: “Wednesday will be a breezy day with gusts of between 20mph and 30mph but it starts reasonably dry with odd sunny spells.

“The weather will then settle down on Thursday and will remain mainly dry with relatively tame wind speeds.”

While the high winds brought waves crashing onto Moray’s harbours it was clear from the morning high tide that the tidal surges that brought damage earlier this month were not returning to wreak further chaos.

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