Extreme winds likely to cause travel chaos
Weather: Transport and power at risk as ‘severe’ alert issued
People travelling in the north and north-east of Scotland today are likely to experience delays due to extremely windy weather.
The Met Office has placed a yellow “severe” weather warning across much of the country, which includes Grampian, Orkney and Shetland, the Highlands and the Western Isles.
Power supplies as well as transport services could be affected.
A statement said: “Strong west or north-west winds are likely to affect northern areas of the UK on Monday.
“Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely. Some bus and train journeys may be affected with some journeys taking longer.
“Some short-term interruptions to power supplies are also possible.”
The bookies believe there is every chance this October could be the wettest one on record. Coral has cut the odds on this possibility from 2/1 from 4/1, following a flurry of bets.
Last night, a Met Office spokesman described the tempestuous conditions as the “first taste of autumn”.
He said: “The coldest part of the north and northeast yesterday was Braemar where temperatures reached -1.4C.
“We had gusts of 49mph at Aberdeen airport and 54mph on South Uist.
“It is going to be a windy week, and today we expect gusts of up to 60mph in Caithness and Sutherland as well as in Orkney and Shetland in the afternoon and the evening.
“It will become less windy on Tuesday and Wednesday, but there will still be frequent showers.”
However, forecasters added that many parts of the country are expected to experience dry and bright weather, once the areas of low pressure clear away towards the end of this week.
A number of Western Isles ferries are stormbound in harbour for the second day running, due to wild seas and severe weather.
A force nine gale with 6070mph gusts has been battering the west coast and Hebrides. Ferry operator Cal Mac said the MV Lord of the Isles will remain at Lochboisdale until at least tomorrow morning.
The Barra to Oban timetable will not operate with the MV Isle of Lewis remaining berthed in Castlebay. The two interisland ferries did not go to sea yesterday and today’s timetable faces disruption or cancellation.
The Skye to Lochmaddy and Tarbert sailings ran up to three hours behind schedule yesterday because of tempestuous conditions.
HIT AND MIST: Rain-soaked runners cross the M8 Kingston Bridge during the Great Scottish Run in dreich conditions yesterday