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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Storm danger warning

STORM Ali poses a danger to life, police have warned today, and called on the public to avoid travelling due to the weather chaos across the region.

Just before midday, a force spokesman said: “There is now a threat to life as a result of this storm and a huge demand being placed on emergency services. We are advising people to delay or postpone their travel plans at this time while the high winds batter the region.”

Across the region, roads have been blocked by falling trees, power supplies have been interrupted, sailings from Cairnryan have been cancelled and chimneys and parts of buildings have also blown over.

There have been reports of 12 foot trampolines blowing down streets in Stranraer and Dumfries and the A75 was shut at Collin earlier today after a tree fell down on the Euroroute. It has since reopened.

Meanwhile, Shakespeare Street, Loreburn Street, Rae Street and English Street in Dumfries have been closed due to objects flying off the roofs of building in the area.

Storm Ali arrived earlier today, with winds of up to 75 mph, and an amber weather warning from the Met Office is in place across Dumfries and Galloway until 6 pm tonight.

Scenes in Annan and on the A75 today

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