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Last Updated: Friday, 5 May 2006, 06:12 GMT 07:12 UK
'Frantic' night of thunderstorms
Lightning near Botanic Gardens, Glasgow. Taken by Robert Johnson
A fork of lightning over Glasgow as seen by Robert Johnson
A night of dramatic thunderstorms across the west of Scotland has left homes flooded and triggered hundreds of calls to the emergency services.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said it had a "pretty frantic" night, dealing with 300 emergencies - "busier than the average Bonfire Night".

There are no reports of any injuries related to the storms.

However, one elderly man was trapped up to his waist in water at a bus stop in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire.

'Flash flood'

The fire service said that a woman called to report the man trapped at the bus stop outside the Kings Park Hotel in Mill Street. He managed to get free with some assistance from the caller, before fire crews arrived.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue's Alan Forbes said: "It sounds as though he was simply waiting for a bus and before it came this flash flood arrived.

"Thank goodness he was not swept away."

Firefighters also had to rescue people trapped in cars in the same area.

In nearby Cambuslang, the Nisa Extra supermarket in Western Road was flooded.

pic by David Innes

Homes were flooded as far apart as Millport, Tarbert in Argyll, Dullatur, Kittoch Street in East Kilbride and in various parts of Glasgow including Hawthorn Street, Springburn, and Ferryden Court, Yorkhill.

Crews also had to go to offices and other buildings where the torrential rain had activated fire alarms.

The main part of the storm lasted from 1800 BST to 2230 BST on Thursday.

At one time, firefighters were attending 75 incidents.

By 2230 BST, firefighters in Glasgow had been called out 99 times. Lanarkshire was also badly hit with 40 incidents, East & West Dunbartonshire (22), East Renfrewshire & East Ayrshire (19) and Argyll (14).

By contrast there were fewer callouts in Ayrshire (7) and Renfrewshire & Inverclyde (8).

Heavy downpours as well as thunder and lightning also hit Dumfries and Galloway in the late evening.

Police and fire services said that there had been no major incidents associated with the storms.

Weather forecasters said the conditions had been caused by something similar to a "Spanish plume".

This phenomenon carries very warm air from Spain into France and then on to the south of England, but left Scotland experiencing thunderstorms.

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See the clear-up operation get under way after the storms

Storm prompts a flood of reaction
05 May 06 |  Glasgow and West



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