Edinburgh shoppers 'shocked' as roof of Corstorphine Lidl store collapses after thunderstorm

Edinburgh locals doing their food shop were interrupted by roof tiles falling from the ceiling of the Corstorphine Lidl store this afternoon.

At around 3.50pm on Tuesday (September 6), tiles began to fall from the roof and water began pouring into the store on Glasgow Road.

The incident came shortly after the Met Office warned the public that flooding was “likely”, as thunderstorms hit the Scottish Capital.

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Local woman Tamara Edgerton was in the Corstorphine store doing her shopping when the roof tiles started falling down.

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She said: “Staff were stood helpless not really knowing what to do”.

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While she claims Lidl workers were hesitant to take action, she said that they eventually told shoppers not to come in and then started to escort people out of the emergency exit.

Once she was safely outside of the shop, Ms Edgerton captured a video of the tiles smashing to the ground of the store as water flooded in. Screaming and shouting can be heard in the background, as well as the voice of an unknown woman, who describes the incident as “shocking”.

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Lidl Corstorphine was damaged by the thunderstorm that hit Edinburgh on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier today, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms covering Edinburgh and the Lothians, which came into place at 4pm.

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The weather forecaster warned the public that flooding of homes and businesses was likely, and said that this could lead to damage to buildings or structures.

Rain and thunder are forecast for the rest of the week, however, the weather is expected to calm by the weekend.

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A spokesperson for Lidl said: “We can confirm that Lidl Corstorphine was closed yesterday due to a leak caused by the exceptional weather conditions.

“Maintenance were on site yesterday evening and the store has reopened this morning as normal.

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“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank customers for their patience and understanding.”