STRONG winds affected Helensburgh and Lomond residents’ travel plans on Wednesday morning as bad weather struck much of Scotland.

The Erskine Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles, while the ferry service between Kilcreggan and Gourock was suspended.

Reports on social media stated that the Esso petrol station in East Clyde Street was closed because of wind damage to the roof.

In addition, strong winds destroyed a garden shed at Portkil House in Kilcreggan.

Meanwhile, a signalling fault at Haymarket led to some disruption to Helensburgh-Edinburgh trains during the morning rush hour, though services had returned to normal by 9am.

Elsewhere in Scotland, the Forth Road Bridge was closed - and remains so at the time this article was published - after a lorry travelling north on the crossing was blown over on to the southbound carriageway, while ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne warned of major disruption, with almost all the company's west coast routes affected at some point during Wednesday morning.