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Spectacular lightning storm causes travel chaos and flooding in Perth

An epic thunderstorm has caused travel chaos and flooding around Perth.

Torrential downpours throughout Wednesday morning have made several streets in the area impassable.

The worst affected areas according to Perth and Kinross Council include Feus Road, Marshall Place, Wallace Crescent, Crammond Place, Crieff Road and Glasgow Road, as well as the A912 at Bogle Bridge.

The A9 northbound, between Gleneagles and Blackford, is also blocked, while the A827 has been closed by a fallen tree at Fearnan.

Perth High School will be closed today due to flooding, parents have been told.

It was supposed to be the first day for S1 students and the first day back for S5 and S6.

The council has also confirmed that Inchview and North Muirton primaries are also closed, while Glendelvine Primary is shut to P1-P3 and open to P4-P7.

Meanwhile, residents say Craigie Knowes Road is “like a river”, while South Inch is “completely under water”.

In the city centre, St John’s Shopping Centre has announced it will be closed until further notice.

A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, due to localised flooding which has backed up into the Shopping Centre, we will not be in a position to safely open for 9am this morning and the centre will remain closed until further notice.

“Our team has been working tirelessly since 3AM to ensure that we can safely open as soon as possible. We are aiming to have the centre reopen for this afternoon, but we will announce more details nearer the time.”

Could have been worse. 😱😱😱

Posted by The Bunker Golf Lounge & Bar on Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Posted by Perth Life on Wednesday, 12 August 2020

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Posted by Cafe Tabou on Wednesday, 12 August 2020

It followed a spectacular lightning storm that lasted several hours through the night. The area was hit by around 80mm of rain – about five weeks’ worth.

Perth and Kinross Council said that individual schools will let parents know if they have been affected.

More to follow.